How can you benefit from your creativity and not feel guilty about it?

Dear readers,

Working in the media industry as content creators or reporters always makes you think about the stuff that you write, post, share, execute and ultimately question its worth. Creatives are in the same boat, including models, actors, and creative writers.

If you work in a company you might have found yourself in the position of wondering if you can ride solo or with a friend of yours and start your own thing. If you work already alone, you want to step up your game and make your art valuable. However, how can you benefit from your being creative in a world whose immediate needs aren’t related to your field? Do you feel guilty about obsessing over these thoughts of yours, legitimate and ambitious, but also almost selfish and driven towards an obscure goal?

Why I’ve become so obsessed in expanding my creativity

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Today, this week, these last three months have been a blessing. Seeing my parents after months was refreshing, I needed their hugs 🤗 Concluding my second internship in NYC was rewarding 💪🏽 Reading magazines, books, and spending quality time with my creative friends was the major key to keep my creativity up and on point 🌻 As my senior year at @hofstrau is approaching, lately I’ve been reflecting on my academic choices. I thought about how I came up with studying Journalism and Creative Writing. An Instagram post could never contain enough words able to describe the motivations and dreams ✍🏽🐛🦋behind the choices I’ve made during this time at Hofstra. Heh, I’ll try to type something out, ight? 🙌🏽 Journalism opened me the gate to what I really want to do in my life: represent the underrepresented ✊🏽. As a young woman of colour, I’m honored to represent my cosmopolitan mind in this world 🌎 Creative Writing gave me the chance to express myself through my strongest suit: the magic of words – in prose, poems, plays, and scripts 🧠🖤 Three years ago I was in the big apple just about to move on campus in Long Island and start college. I had no friends in the city, my family was far away, and I started my academic journey with an undeclared major. All I knew was that writing was my thing. Now I am in the same city, just about to start my senior year. I’ve had tons of blessings, I’ve sharpened my writing, I made friends, got into modeling (I’m still like… wow!), and surrounded myself with amazing role models: one of those people is @elainewelteroth, a biracial (just like me 👧🏽) journalist with big curls (*once just like me* mine are growing back hehe 🌻🌻🌻) who has achieved such challenging and admirable positions in the fashion and editorial world, a beauty guru, an elegant and poised person… a black version of Audrey Hepburn… ugh my hand is shaking while typing this 🙈 Thank you Elaine for being unapologetically you. Your voice is heard. Your words are read by tons ❤️You and @isabel_junqueira were one of the reasons that kept my love for journalism and fashion alive, always growing on a daily basis. Obrigada 🇧🇷grazie 🇮🇹 🤗 #melaninmoves

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Who doesn’t want to make money out of what they most like to do? I had the luck to grasp the most energetic vibes among different groups of creatives in the fashion and media scene in New York, LA, and Atlanta. I could showcase them my enthusiast, I could see a profit coming from my passion (projects, collaborations, deals), and a reciprocate interest from these people. For this reason, I plan to sharpen my obsession to invest in my creativity while writing.

Despite the passionate effort one puts into their plans, it is fundamental to think about a strategy when it comes to build your next step in your big plan. I have learned to keep a seasonal schedule, both flexible and suitable to my needs. Just like in fashion and journalism, long-term plans can be dangerous to make, because crisis might come up at the very last minute and mess your plans up. To avoid that, a steady yet replaceable plan should be taken into consideration. In my plans, I like to incorporate discipline, education, and patience.

Discipline is required in order to set both an intellectual and a pragmatical structure to play by. Getting an education gives you the chance to enhance your knowledge, and it doesn’t need to be academic: there are in fact multiple online or on site resources with which you can learn a new skill that can become useful in your business (product, art, performance, etc.). Lastly, being patient is key to give yourself time and recognition for what you’re doing. This one is the most difficult part in expanding my creativity. Whenever I release either a journalistic article or a creative writing piece, or a photoshoot I helped producing or a podcast episode, I wonder if what I did was relevant or if I will ever be comforting someone’s heart. To master all of this, a long journey must be taken.

Entrepreneurship

You reach an age when you think how money is made and if you’re child you probably want to just buy a printer machine and print the bills. But they tell you that actually you can’t do this. At least, that’s what they told me. This was back in the early 2000s. Currencies now are digital, the market is becoming more and more paperless, and the ways to earn money have exponentially grown.

Being an entrepreneur isn’t for everyone. These days, the term “entrepreneur” is used loosely, almost as a replacement of “business man” or “business woman”. Entrepreneurship is admirable, but it comes from a sufficient desire to make an income from nothing. Unfortunately, not everyone has the skills, the interest, nor the patience to embark this path.

There are times where I do see myself as an entrepreneur because I have a set of ideas that I cannot wait to put out. However, I must recognize that in order to become an entrepreneur, I must have and show a talent. My personal talent is writing (the product I ultimately plan to sell and market myself with) and building bridges among communities, within the media industry, specifically the fashion, the editorial, and the movie industry (screenwriting). I see myself making money out of my writing and my other media ventures, podcasts, tv shows, art galleries, liberal arts school programs, etc.

How to manage and talk about money

As you might know, I am a firm believer in engaging with your community. The contacts you make and the people you consider friends and dear ones have the powerful capacity to influence your actions and thoughts.

If I’d need to choose a term to describe my financial choices, I would use the word “minimal“. Being minimalistic in your expenses has been a trait of mine since the beginning of college, mostly due to two factors: not being able to earn an income as an international student (except for a few jobs on campus) and being a minimal fashionista (yes, sticking to a selective wardrobe has cut my budget for so many unnecessary stuff that I learned to live without over the years). However, I found other ways to be educated around money:

  • Surround yourself with people who know about this topic
  • Choose friends who make good decisions for themselves, who are emotionally healthy and willing to be present in your life
  • Take courses that can help you investing in yourself – I found so many free conferences, seminars, and online resources through Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter

Unstyled Karlie Kloss

Podcasts are a great way to learn new topics and stay updated with the current state in your industry. One of my favorite podcast episode ever is from Refinery 29’s <a href=”http://<iframe src=”https://art19.com/shows/unstyled/episodes/a77c326c-71fb-4e5f-bf69-328f79755904/embed?theme=dark-blue&#8221; style=”width: 100%; height: 200px; border: 0 none;” scrolling=”no”>Unstyled podcast, the episode with Karlie Kloss. In this segment, the American top model shares her experiences in becoming an entrepreneur and switching from one filed to another, by investing in technology and education, while still being a role model in fashion. There are many other stories that can speak to you. An episode from The Raw Dosage, the whole series of Rich Poor Dad, and a bunch of episodes from What’s a 9 To 5 provide solid content around the them of investing in your own creative ventures.

The present moment

The current situation is leading to new solutions. During a Vogue Global Conversations panel with Emanuele Farneti (Vogue Italia), Vittorio Radice (La Rinascente), Pete Nordstrom (Nordstrom), and Pierre Yves Roussel (Tory Burch), I learned that smart use of passion and authenticity on a local level are the two essential points that creatives and entrepreneurs should highlight now more than ever. Despite the tragic situation we’re living, a plan needs to be sketched, performed, and displayed. Continuing in believing in your creativity should make you feel everything but guilty. Motivation and community interest will push you far.

Beijos,

the curly flower

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