I am not talking about the hit show where people hear “you’re fired” on a regular basis. The ideal creative workspace might almost be the exact opposite. I have made a slew of mistakes along the way, which is why sketchbooks are not portfolios.
Although I grew up in the peaceful woods of Maine and should be as creative as Millay in solitude, pressure and new experiences stimulate my creativity in unexpected directions a bit more like Steven King (or Gilda Radner). Being an artist with more artistic potential than business experience, I am looking for a place to grow and learn. For more on this, read: Build Trust: 6 Foolproof Steps to Train Emplyees on Inc.com.
Every semester in college I was in way over my head, with fire-breathing-dragons-of-death (figuratively) coming at me from every direction, and I fought back panic daily for the first two months. My weapons were research, rough drafts, and a sense of humor. Sensing the rocks below the waterfall, I kept paddling upstream in this unfamiliar territory. I woke up before the alarm from the ringing in my ears. Overstimulated with hosts of swirling phantasms (which transformed into jotted ideas that would not even sit still on the page) who could sleep with all of those visualizations knocking about?
With a GPA of 3.9 in Multimedia, and ideas battling in my head every morning, why would I be looking for an apprenticeship? Because I think I have a lot to offer an employer although I won’t even know where to find the best coffee-shops, or know which neighborhood has the best commute, or who to ask for Maya-wrestling tips -at first. The ideal supervisor will recognize possible impracticality yet pull a switch-track lever on the train of thought instead of derailing it. Potential has been a nagging voice in my head all my life, but it has taken a few mentors and friends to teach me how to dodge the dragons (just enough to get a good singe on my dessert, but not so much that I am hiding out in a cave somewhere missing all the fireworks).
Real creativity is about taking risks, and growth is about change, and I think teamwork is about someone looking at you like you are crazy and saying “you want to do WHAT?” right before they suggest you get yourself a good coffee “Two Doors Down” first.
In the meantime…
If one of your dreams is to draw your own game controller with a pencil, or type with a keyboard made from play dough or alphabet soup, try the Makey Makey (Make-Key) kit. I bought one for my own inventive son, although I plan to test it out a few times first – just to make sure all the parts are in working order (wink).