As a content creator ( a Content Creator is someone who is actively creating and publishing original content to an audience on one or more media platforms ) I think that we have all in one point in our creative lives been in a creative funk. Now maybe not everyone has been where I am right now but I personally feel burnt out. I have mentioned this before and I think living in the same area for so long and basically seeing the same scenarios makes me think…okay now what’s now.
I have written a few blog posts in the past about what to do when you are feeling the creative rut but then I got thinking…what happens when what I talked about doesn’t work anymore? I find to find new ways to get the flow going again. This also tends to happen when I am working from home alot. Normally I am sitting in a coffee shop creating content 2-3 times out the week but what happens when even getting dressed is a hassle? I don’t want to shoot…& I don’t even want to create any flatlays. I am just BURNED OUT!
1. Trying again– I know this one might sound weird but I tend to give up whenever I cannot think of anything and it has been happening a lot lately. I started teaching myself to stick it out and see if a miracle happens. 7/10 times something pops into my brain and I love the outcome and the other 3 is just like okay … I will take a break and attempt this again in 15-20 minutes. I pass the time by either playing video games, blasting music or just watching a drama on Netflix.
2. Stepping out for a coffee– Staying home quite often stumps my creativity so whenever I need a change of scenery. I look up a coffee shop that I have never been and venture off to create something there! Although DC doesn’t have as many aesthetically pleasing coffee locations as NYC. I still try and make do with what is around me.
3. Visualizing what I am shooting– I shoot lots of different content. From Beauty, Lifestyle, Fashion etc. So, I try to make each photo I create different and unique. Sure I draw inspiration from others but you have to add your own personal touch. Not be a copy & paste kind of person. This is where Pinterest comes in handy! Create those mood/inspirational boards and it honestly helps sometimes!
4. Take some time away from the city– THIS THIS THIS! I cannot begin to tell you guys the difference a short trip makes! Whether it’s a few months in California or just a few days in NYC! Just the change in scenery alone does wonders for the soul.
5. Music– This is a big one for me because I tend to always have music on the in the background to listen to. If not then I have something playing softly on Netflix for background noise whilst I work.