Throughout my life, I’ve been drawn to people with similar interests and passions and the internet has provided a great opportunity to meet like-minded folk. I think we all enjoy spending time with those who ‘get us’ and it’s fun to share the things you love with others.
Although I came across the term creative friendships fairly recently, I realise I have lots of these relationships in my life. From collaborating with Jeska of Lobster and Swan to attending Instagram and Flickr meets, I’ve always found value in making these connections. So today I’m sharing a few of the benefits of creative friendships especially if you’re a freelancer or running your own business.
Meeting fellow creatives is uplifting particularly when tea and cake are involved! And if you’re running a creative business offering support, advice, inspiration and being a cheerleader generates a little extra joy and job satisfaction. Working alone can sometimes feel isolating so forming relationships with fellow freelancers is a great way to stay motivated and in touch. It also gives you a well-earned break from the daily grind.
It’s useful to air ideas and sharing a few thoughts can help you reach a conclusion far quicker than thinking it over alone. A friend will tell you what your partner or family are sometimes unable to, and looking at the creative process of others is a great way to view what you do from a different perspective. Sometimes all it takes is a sidestep to see everything more clearly.
ACCOUNTABILITY AND SUPPORT
Being accountable to someone is of enormous value because it helps you to get stuff done. And on the flip side, a friend will tell you if you’re working too hard and should take some time off. Since I became a freelancer the advice I’ve received from others has helped me to build a healthy structure and routine around my work.
The best thing about creative friendships is unlike attending a course or conference they’re free! You can also make use of each other’s houses giving you more privacy than meeting in a cafe, not to mention an unlimited tea supply! We all have different skills and experience and sharing these with others enriches our lives.
CREATIVITY IN THE COTSWOLDS
The photographs below were taken when I spent a delightful day with Cristina, a still life stylist and photographer, and Rosie of the online shop Kinship of Oxford. We each brought along a selection of props and took it in turns to style a flat lay photograph. It was interesting to see their working processes and how they approach styling and photography. We also spent much of the day discussing the highs and lows of running a creative business and offering support and advice. It was of real value to me and we’ve decided to make it a regular feature in our working calendars.
~ by Cristina ~
~ by Rosie ~
~ by Natasha ~
If you’re looking to build a network in your area I’d recommend looking for events in your field. You could also follow hashtags on Twitter and Instagram and search for Facebook groups to find your peeps. In Oxford, Rosie part-runs Independent Oxford who hold events for indie businesses and freelancers in the city. They’re a great way to connect, support and be inspired. I’m already looking forward to another creative day with Cristina and Rosie and meeting some local photographers at the next Oxford Instameet.
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