Ever look back at old photos of yourself and just cringe? Imagine stumbling across a video you made in 2008 so you could win tickets to a cupcake themed taping of the Martha Stewart show in NYC.
Let that sentence sink in.
Also, can we take a minute to reflect on how amazing my friends are?!
(this is proof that if you bake for people they will do anything for you)
Once I got past the outfit, my awkward presentation, and oh god that spray painted pink cupcake…
I realized what a fucking hustler I was.
Around this time I also started a blog to track my creations and a real legit company PAID ME MONEY to make them cupcakes. I took chances, played around and wasn’t afraid to show my work.
I was cupcake lady, hear me roar.
Then I got swept up into the advertising world. I moved to NYC, got a real job with a real paycheck and a real title.
If you’re familiar with the world of ad agencies you know that you get put into the “account” box or the “creative” box at the beginning of your career. And there you shall stay until you die.
I can’t count the number of times I was told by a creative director “I didn’t know what I was doing” or “stick to writing emails”. Shutting me down the minute I had any feedback on…
It was only later in my career (and outside of agencies) that I found creative partners who made me feel like I had value to add to their process and work. When a content strategist or art director told me my input made their work better – my world just LIT UP.
Lately, the definition of creativity has changed for me. Just because you can’t draw, paint or write, doesn’t mean you can’t live a life filled with imagination and inspire others to do the same.
This year, pushing the limits of my ingenuity has been more about resourcefulness and questions my own limiting beliefs. And it is not always easy…or fun.
So how do you tap into your creativity? Stay inspired?
That’s not a rhetorical question. I need ideas people!
I can’t be sure, but I think the hustler’s attitude works. I’m not quite back up to cupcake lady status – but I know she’s in here somewhere.