I recently asked one of my favourite comic artists, Grant Snider of ‘Incidental Comics‘, to create a comic for Red Lemon Club. A lot of his work looks at creativity and creative people, so I felt it a must to bring his perspective to RLC. I was pleased when he happily obliged.
As people of planet Earth who share an absolute necessity to relate and connect with one another, we see ourselves at an interesting checkpoint in our history. We are, as a whole, less at ease socially than ever before, even with the connective power of the Internet and the relatively advanced state of society in general.
This is a fairly bold statement, though it has not been made without some thought on my part. I honestly think these two concepts, if addressed, can lead to a big reduction, if not complete obliteration, of various or most problems at all levels, personal up to international.
Thank you so much to everyone who took part in the survey (all 313 of you in just under a month!) and spared their time in helping me make Red Lemon Club the best resource for awesome creative people that it can be. Your responses are hugely useful, and I will use them for a long time to come.
Having now worked on Red Lemon Club for close to three years, there is so much I’ve learnt and so much that I yet want to explore, learn and share.
The more time I spend researching for posts and thinking about the ideas behind the site and the people that drive it, the clearer an idea is formed in my brain as to what it is that makes up who we are. We, being those people drawn to the ideas discussed here.
I’m a firm believer in the massive benefits of ongoing self-teaching in contributing to not only increased knowledge as we progress through life, but in self confidence, creativity, improved imagination, memory and, ultimately happiness (or at least a glimpse of it!).
Creativity and survival are more closely linked than you might think.
I read recently that one of the things (and I think this is majorly important) that holds people back from enjoying life, seeing success and moving ahead, is a little thing known as reactivity.
One of the biggest ironies of having a creative service that people need, be it mural painting or writing, is that through inaction, we deny ourselves, as well as others, the chance to actually use our skills and talents.
You are a wonderful artist and you have a great, clean portfolio site featuring lovely new art and pictures you’ve been creating. You’d like more people to see your work and to hopefully get some paid work too.
Most of us have been through school, and experienced all the highs and lows that accompany those years. High school-level school is a period in everyone’s lives when one is impressionable and easily molded by the pressures to fit in and conform.
So you’ve got a few thousand followers on Twitter and some connections on Google+ or Facebook. Where are the people who want to pay me for doing good work? Well, believe it or not, these potential ‘clients’ are out there using social networks, and they’re willing to pay good money for a job you can do well.
Wanna Get Rich Quick? Welcome to my most scammy-sounding article to date. But is it?
Getting ‘rich’, well maybe not immediately, but could there be some true-tested ways for freelancers like us to generate some cashflow over days instead of months, especially in tough times?
I’m very excited about what Google+ can offer freelancing pros in terms of building and engaging with networks of people, winning clients and organising things.
So much so, that I’ve compiled this handy little list, not intended to scare, just to get people thinking about what they might be missing out on by not throwing themselves into the Google+ social theatre. That includes you.
When you are faced with a new challenge, project or brief, particularly one that is a struggle to get motivated about, start lazy.
This means that starting a new project doesn’t need to be difficult if you are not worried about starting off in a slow, lazy way. Do a bit of research on Google, chat to someone, draw a sketch, write a note.
This is a pretty simple one, and we hear people rattling on about focus pretty much everyday, but the purpose of this is to simply remind you to just maintain focus on what is happening right in front of you.
Greetings fellow creative friends! I’m pleased to announce the launch of a new ebook:
’9 Steps to Being Your Most Powerful Creative Self’
The book has received a great deal of praise from major players in the creative industries and elsewhere.
Continuing on with our series on motivational tips…
Be a finisher.
It isn’t working hard that causes fatigue over time. Not completing your projects is the real source of fatigue and energy loss because through not finishing, the sense of satisfaction and reward is lacking that we require to boost us up.
We’re starting a new series of quick motivation tips to get your juices going if you’re feeling somewhat in need of a pick me up. These could come at any moment…so stay posted!
There are many opportunities right now to earn money doing freelancing writing jobs, if anything to supplement the freelance work you are doing at the moment. I know how hard it is right at this moment to get regular clients and regular income, but if you have a knack with writing, you could make some nice earnings to fill in any gaps.
“If you chase two rabbits, both will escape.”
An issue many freelancers have is having several tasks competing for attention. Having too many things to think about can lead to lack of focus, and with it the inability to get much done at all. We’ve all been there. Prioritising will solve this, but it’s important to know how to do this easily.