It’s easy to say: “There’s nothing to do here. There’s 0 chance of anything creative happening. I’m uninspired. This is creativity dead water.”
However, as I’ve found in recent months, that’s simply untrue. While I have to admit, my city cannot compare with the wonder that is Europe, I can say that recently I’ve learned some pretty valuable stuff on how to get the creative juices flowing enough that my gear doesn’t collect dust on my book shelves.
1. you need to get out there – just like that Jose Gonzalez track that was featured in The Secret Life of Walter Mitty. “You need to step outside.”
2. you need some crazy friends – here crazy means a good thing, those friends who are just like you, a bit too unconventional to hold down ‘conventional’ jobs, those friends who propose you go on some crazy adventure on the weekends and always come back with something to show for. The doers.
3. you need start offering your skills – participate, even if the gig is not exactly your cup of tea, or if it doesn’t pay – in the end of the day, it’s all about the experience you cultivate and the learning experience. If you don’t know where to start, craigslist (albeit shady) is actually a great place to start! There’s always someone looking for someone else to get some things done.
4. you need to keep yourself sane – by not pressuring too much result in too little time, know that you cannot do a great project in one day, or a week even. Great things take time and keep sharpening those skills in the meantime.
So, in summary:
To get started in any particular creative field, you need courage, thick skin, friends to take to mad tea parties (or even better friends who throw mad tea parties), start offering your services from day 1 and be thick skinned about it and don’t sweat it if it doesn’t happen all overnight, but eventually something great will happen and your ideas will snowball into even more creativity.