Toodles, 2014. Time sprints ahead and leaves us little time to figure out how we’re going to spend the next 365 days. I typically lose track of my resolutions, but this new business venture might be just the little spark I’ve been looking for. Here are the five I’m going to do my best to follow. If you’re a creative professional or someone looking to be more inspired by the year feel free to follow suit:
Pen Something Weekly.
Most of us write daily through emails, texts, and Facebook statuses. We type constantly but rarely do we put any thought into what we’re saying. I’m promising to sneak in a few hours a week towards the method of expression we take for granted, whether it’s for an article, this blog, or just a handwritten letter to a friend- the Emoji’s will have to wait.
Shoot Outside the Norm.
It’s easy to fall into a groove with your passion. When you find a subject you love to photograph in a certain way it’s tough to stray away from that. For the sake of my portfolio and to become a better artist for my clients I’m gunning for unique subjects. I’m scouting weird locations. I’m going to give landscape a go (even if it’s the most boring thing in the world). People can’t limit your abilities if you don’t restrict yourself.
This may be the hardest resolution of mine but it’s also the most applicable to ANYONE. Life is pretty great and it can’t be spend entirely behind a screen. Though technology is useful for the modern artist it also has its pitfalls, like wasting time and leaving you thinking of other people's ideas. I’m going to make a serious effort to let the world inspire me in real time.
Be A Fan of Fellow Artists.
Sure, everyone has a camera. It’s easy to start an Etsy and people love to share what they’re eating on Instagram. There’s no need to be competitive or snippy- there’s plenty of room for all of us! Here’s to future photo credits, Facebook likes, and purchases towards ALL of the artists I’m proud of; their stuff is way better than the “Live Laugh Love” wooden cut-out at Kohl’s, anyway.
The biggest thing holding back potential and professional artists is self-doubt. Guess what? When you share something you made no one dies or has their face melt like the Nazis in Raiders of the Lost Ark. My plan to be fearless involves posting more photography, writing more articles, and taking exciting chances with my clients. What’s yours?