Creativity can be a rather unusual concept. It’s fun, paradoxical and something many people feel drawn to on a professional level. However, there are also distinct downsides if one chooses a creative career path. One of the most significant comes to something people often label creativity burnout. Basically, at a certain point, people begin to feel like they’re constantly forced into a state of high energy performances. Basically, the person is seldom given a chance to stop being creative for a moment in order to catch their breath.
It’s something people seldom really stop to consider when they’re just beginning to break into various creative industries. But the burnout is very real, and likely to set in sooner rather than later. However, there are also methods available to balance that tendency for creative burnout, and that even goes for methods to showcase creative works online.
Staying creative means using the available tools
The first and ultimate rule of creative work is that it does need to be a part of every professional endeavor. However, it doesn’t have to be a continual stream of creativity. It’s quite normal to think creatively in order to get one particular task done, and then find methods by which that creative output can simply keep on going over time. This can also come in the form of having other people’s creative work alongside one’s own efforts.
A prime example of this comes from the use of online templates. Templates give people the ability to almost instantly set up a fantastic looking website. As such, they’re usually a good match for almost any profession or interest. But creative types have different demands for their presentations. That also means that they’re coming at it with a very different mindset.
One of the most important points is that creative types need to be able to quickly cycle through the possibilities. People who don’t depend on a presentation for their job have the luxury of just going with anything which will get text on the screen. But people who need to highlight creativity need to have their design really insist upon that fact.
This can come through in a number of ways. But rather interestingly, one can learn a lot from other conceptual design styles. For example, people showcasing a home and people showcasing creative energy are often doing something very similar. Much of it comes down to marketing. It’s not just marketing one’s accomplishments. It’s marketing how one goes about creating those accomplishments in the first place.
Steps to consider when marketing oneself online
The first step is going with a template system. The second is really feeling out how the various templates fit with your style. It should resonate and make you feel as if it’s something you would have done on your own. The ultimate goal is to find ways to automate aspects of creativity or to have other people’s work act in tandem with your own as if it were a team effort. So play around with the templates. Find one which really speaks to you creatively. But at the same time ensure that the overall quality is sufficiently high. It should show that a lot of hard work and effort went into it. And then it’s time to move on to the next step.
Next, you’ll want to select examples of your work. It’s tempting to simply put everything you have online. After all, there’s a general thought that more is better. But more examples also means more items for people to wade through. You can’t assume that people will dedicate a huge amount of time to examine your work.
Instead, first narrow things down to the best of the best. Consider works which showcase the creative process in action. Then you should try to narrow things down a little more.
Categories and templates
Templates make it a lot easier to narrow down your work by category. Doing such means that you can make it easier for people to browse your work. But beyond that one needs to continue on with that line of thinking.
The template needs to help guide people in the right direction. One should be careful not to be overly verbose with those categories either. People often have a temptation to add flourish to every aspect of their work. But the table of contents, or template categories, should stay simple.
And this general principle stays true with most of your work. One first uses a hook. Whether an inviting template or descriptive listings. Once one has been invited in through that method he’ll continue looking into the greater body of creative works.