Ever hear that saying "Turn Your Passion Into Your Career?" Well always be sure to take any virtue with caution and not completely literal. In my case I had lost my passion for my work because I chose projects that were paying the bills but not necessarily good for the soul.
Knowing yourself and your process is the key to maintaining a healthy and happy freelance career.
-Have a schedule: Time is your friend, I promise you as long as your are effective with your time.
This means make time for distractions, work, snacks, adventure walks, naps etc. Designate your time efficently to work hard and play hard, even if the napping hard is only 15 minutes. DO IT!
-A good idea is a good idea: Just like Don Drapper always says "You know a good idea, when you just know." Brainstorm/Sketch phase is such a crucial part of the pyramid of success. No idea is a bad one! Remember that exercise you did in elementary school where you had 10 minutes to write straight without stopping? Yeup, keep your hand moving until time is up.
-David Airey the author of the popular blog and book "Logo Design Love" logodesignlove wrote about getting suck and how it's so easy to feel alone in that phase. I don't know why but think about all of those talented people who seem almost super human. We all get stuck, period. Don't waste your time beating yourself up that you don't know the answer to the problem your trying to solve. I now embrace my artist block, it's my brain's way of telling me I need to take a break. (drink some water, take a deep breath, move around and relax for a bit)
Anyone who knows me will tell you I'm a bit of a workaholic. My process is very detail oriented, time consuming and full of research. In 2012 I was fortunate enough to explore the Tim Burton exhibit at the Los Angeles California Art Museum. Tim Burton was a traditionally trained illustrator but much of his success is due to his transition to film. As an artist I believe each individual has a very clear understanding of their own aesthetic. I find it fascinating to see that vision translate in different mediums. Burton's gothic subculture world found home through the vehicle of film.
Good design is intentional, existing in all aspects of life.
Bringing me to my point, Instagram is a godsend for meticulous creators who need creative outlet completely opposite of their normal process. Today, here standing proud to add my title as a photographer. I have been using Instagram for the last two years. It was not until recently have I realized my talents as a photographer. With my new tool I have learned what it actually means to be prolific. At a rate of 2056 photos in counting I have learned my personal obsessions/motifs. These subject matter motifs also apply to the compositions, lighting, colors and other art fundamentals. Understanding your typical patterns is a great place to start when knowing how to grow as an artists. You begin to have more control by knowing when to break your own rules.
The following photos were taken in Oakland at a abandon warehouse wrestling show "HoodSlam."
At first glance you see two people standing amongst the crowd. If you look carefully I managed to capture the blonde's face in my boyfriend's glasses.
In this Photo, again it appears to be two friends in the crowd. This central composition you see I captured the man and poster of the man's eyes perfectly. If you have trouble seeing it just squint your eyes.