Something I’ve known about myself for my entire life is that I’ve always been kind of artistic. Whether I was learning how to play the guitar, or piano, or making canvas paintings in my bedroom, I’ve always been the type of person who really liked to just create stuff.
While I was in college, I came upon the realization that I could sell my creativity to people who wanted my vision, and needed me to make it come to life. Is this a mistake? In some ways it is, now my hobby is my job, and I don’t really have any hobbies, but that totally isn’t my point here.
One of the biggest things that people don’t respect creatives for is their time. You wouldn’t blow off an important meeting with your own client, or customer, so you respect their time, and you value their business. Sometimes people forget that the same thing goes for creatives. Our time is extremely valuable. We live and die by deadlines, we have to plan, and schedule, especially because our projects are delicate, and usually timely. Time for us is essential: It’s part of how we know what we’re worth, and it lets us know how hard, and how frequent we should be working. Our time is part of our creative process, and not recognizing that is a fatal flaw in our working relationship. If you don’t want to respect my time, I can be paid off. (and it’s probably in our contract). I can’t, and I won’t sit around and wait for you all day. You should respect my time as much as you would want me to respect yours. It most definitely works both ways.
Being a creative though, sometimes means getting a job done without the things you need, and without the time you deserve and desire. Being the “Bear Grylls,” of creative design services can sometimes get you where you want to go.
Whatever it takes to get the job done, though. That’s my motto. I’ll try until I can’t try anymore.
But, if you could have respect for my creative process, that would be cool too.