Now that I am studying at The Global Academy ( blog/video will be up about that soon), I am receiving multiple talks from industry professionals about stigmas such as 'what it takes to work within the media' and 'what jobs are there for me in the media?' Over the accumulating number of talks, one talk based on the topic of 'creativity' stood out to me and I want to share what I have taken away from that session with you.
The talk was divinely executed by TheIdeasGuy (applicable links will be available below), and he opened his talk with an introduction of himself, this included his different experiences within the media industry and also served as a warning to always be professional.
He then moved onto reading us a children's storybook which he purchased from The Tate Modern (a hub of creative ideas expressed through art and displayed in galleries around London). This storybook enlightened us about the fundamental idea that anything whether it's a book or a chair, can become anything with creative thinking.
I think that as we get older, our creativity is lost due to the amount of stress, deadlines and social lives to balance. I can certainly recognise this process taking place within myself, therefore this story was extremely reassuring and reawakened the creative side in me that was pushed away during GCSE's.
We were also taught that confidence is key to 'making it' in the industry, because at the end of the day, an idea is just an idea without acting upon it, pitching it so someone, and believing in yourself...
Keeping within the topic of confidence, we partook in a series of tasks which were aimed to change our mindset on 'bad ideas' and trust in our own creative intelligence. At the end of all the tasks, we were left with a truly bizarre movie title and a rough plot to accompany it, this not only helped me practice my creative thinking on an early morning, but pitch my strange ideas to people who i have never even met. Not only did I meet new people, I developed my skills in delivering an idea to an audience, which is extremely handy.
After sharing our ideas with the group, we lastly spoke about how to truly harness creativity to create a masterpiece, I was taught that, as a human, I am programmed to create solutions to things without actually knowing the question. I was taught that by asking questions, both creatively, but also generally, I would be able to develop skills and come up with ideas I would have never thought of otherwise.
I am now adopting this new way of thinking in my media classes with the aim of completing my assignments to my fullest potential.
Thank you to TheIdeasGuy for enlightening me on what it means to be creative, I am now approaching tasks from a slightly different angle and working from a mentally creative perspective.
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