Many successful creative people understand that fear haunts our confidence in the creative process. For example, David Kelley
Our takeaway from his story - Who we choose to validate our ideas effects the creative process. As David Kelley points out the nasty little girl in elementary school who told you that your clay horse looks nothing like a horse still resonates when we prepare to begin the creative process as adults.
How do you choose a sounding board for your creative process?
Businesses look to creative professionals. But creative solutions for a business don't come in a kit. If every business checks off the same boxes and does the same thing, they certainly won't stand out in today's highly competitive, cluttered marketplace. Businesses need original ideas that are aligned strategically with their unique set of problems/opportunities.
Many creative professionals prefer to work independently because we have witnessed great ideas (whether our own or others') be impaled by a peer or manager for self-serving reasons. But in today's multimedia, fragmented audience ecosystem, no one professional can do it all. We need partners we respect and trust.
Both businesses and creative professionals need independent, unbiased, nothing to gain or lose sounding boards to validate original ideas and execute them across the board. A safe haven for independent thinking, where business and creative professionals can collaborate to develop and execute original ideas.
"An oasis," with the addition of humor, in the vernacular of John Cleese
Here's to Independence Day!