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Creatives Go To Work





Summary

Our team at Go Rogue X is full of creatives, and we know as well as anyone that being a creative in the workplace comes with its own unique set of challenges. In this episode of Rogue Creators, Bryan and Loren tackled this topic and discussed having more than just creatives on your team, staying disciplined, and four tips to become a healthy creative. Check it out!


Shownotes

(1:32) What are you obsessed with?

(6:06) You Need More than “Creatives” on a Creative Team

(11:17) Discipline & Creativity

(14:21) Become the Healthiest Creative You Know

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Links

Bryan Fittin

Loren Lewis

Herding Tigers: Be the Leader That Creative People Need

Quotes

As [a creative], you can kind of get in that mindset of feeling very alone, and so having somebody that can help guide you and direct you and your creative process is just a really good thought.” (6:55)


If nothing’s written down, if nothing’s executed, that time was really wasted. It’s just putting those ideas out into the air, and then they drop, and then nothing happens.” (7:33)


Being a creative does not mean that you completely kick discipline out the window. If you empower yourself to be a disciplined creative, you will be able to do so much more.” (11:28)


It’s a very balanced road. We want to make sure we learn from our mistakes, but we also don’t want them to hold us back.” (20:52)


Creatives Go To Work

Our team at Go Rogue X is full of creatives, and we know as well as anyone that being a creative in the workplace comes with its own unique set of challenges. On a recent episode of Rogue Creators, Bryan and Loren tackled this topic and discussed having more than just creatives on your team, staying disciplined, and four tips to become a healthy creative.


You Need More than “Creatives” on a Creative Team

One of the keys to our operations at Go Rogue X is surrounding our creatives with other, more analytically-minded team members. After all, someone has to ensure that all of the great ideas are executed.


If nothing’s written down, if nothing’s executed, that time was really wasted. It’s just putting those ideas out into the air, and then they drop, and then nothing happens.” (7:33)


Our analytically-minded team members keep meetings moving forward while our creatives are chasing every rabbit down its trail, and they provide a much-needed balance to our work environment.


As [a creative], you can kind of get in that mindset of feeling very alone, and so having somebody that can help guide you and direct you and your creative process is just a really good thought.” (6:55)


To maximize our hybrid team of creatives and analytical minds, we have to understand the balance. At times, our analytical team members guiding and directing the creatives, keeping everyone on task during a meeting. On the other hand, we ensure that creatives are given the space to think, process, chase rabbits, and flesh out their ideas as needed.


Discipline & Creativity

One of the biggest myths about creativity is that it requires chaos and repels discipline. Movies paint a picture of messy creatives with wild processes and dirty workspaces. Typically, we see a different image with our professional creatives.


Being a creative does not mean that you completely kick discipline out the window. If you empower yourself to be a disciplined creative, you will be able to do so much more.” (11:28)


Often, being disciplined also means scheduling time to be creative. While this might seem like an oxymoron, it is pretty necessary. Harnessing creativity not only allows our creativity to be more predictable and convenient, but it also puts us in the path of inspiration. Famous painter Chuck Close said it best:


Inspiration is for amateurs. The rest of us just show up and get to work. If you wait around for the clouds to part and a bolt of lightning to strike you in the brain, you are not going to make an awful lot of work. All the best ideas come out of the process; they come out of the work itself.


Become the Healthiest Creative You Know

Being an unhealthy creative is often easy to fall into, but healthy creatives are typically the most productive. Check out our top tips for becoming a healthy creative!


  1. Take Time for Mindfulness - Whether it’s meditation, yoga, journaling, etc., being quiet and reflective is necessary to becoming healthy!

  2. Get a Mentor in Your Niche Field - It is vital to have someone who understands what you are going through and can help you reach your goals.

  3. Take Care of Yourself - For many creatives, ignoring life’s necessities in the name of creativity is easy, but it never helps your creative process! Take the time to get the sound sleep, healthy food, and mental health breaks you need to succeed.

  4. Learn How to Take Failure as Another Step to Success - Bryan often quotes his friends at RevUnit and says, “Fail fast and iterate often.” Failure is unavoidable, and it provides valuable growth opportunities. Take advantage of these and see where it leads you!

We hope you find our tips helpful, and we look forward to your creative success!