“It is the long history of humankind (and animal kind, too) those who learned to collaborate and improvise most effectively have prevailed.” – Charles Darwin
I used to be a lone ranger, wanting to do things all by myself. My mule-like independence, and lack of trust in other people, kept me from exploring a lot of creative ideas. Sound familiar? Eventually, I got smarter, and learned to appreciate the benefits of creative partnerships. I credit Tim Trueheart with my ability to collaborate–he was my first creative partner, and together we’ve tackled a lot of creative projects over the past seven years.
Partnerships can be tricky though–especially if you partner with the wrong person or if YOU are the wrong person.
But, if we can learn to recognize good creative partners, and take care to foster these relationships, we will be able to launch new endeavours to help us with our creative and entrepreneurial success.
What Makes An Ideal Creative Partner?
Someone who is as enthusiastic about your vision as you are.
A person with complementary skills.
Someone with a track record. Have they created or produced anything before? Do you have any evidence of follow through?
A business or organization that could benefit from a creative partnership with you or your business. The pARTnership Movement is an organization that believes in this type of collaboration and plenty of success stories to get you inspired with the possibilities.
How To Find Creative Partners
Get outside your house as much as possible for authentic, human interaction and engage in good conversation. Meet a variety of people.
Actively and constantly look for ways you can help people.
Make networking a game. Can you make five people smile today? Get comfortable being uncomfortable.
Nervous about talking to strangers? Don’t be afraid of reading self-help books for tips on starting a conversation. I recommend the self-help How To Win Friends and Influence People by Dale Carnegie.
How To Foster A Creative Partnership
Be honest and use good communication.
Show and expect mutual respect.
Talk is cheap. Make sure good conversation is punctuated by action.
Pay attention to signs of bad character. Do words match actions?
Have clear, written expectations of roles, responsibilities, and deadlines. Use a service like Slack to track communication and documents.
Why Do You Want to Form These Relationships in Your Community?
You can meet your heroes! If you are an artist of any kind, you can attend shows and events within your community and be in the same location as people in your world that have influence. This gives you the opportunity to make a face to face connection.
Collaboration! Creativity thrives on collaboration. Develop partnerships with people you admire that will benefit them. It will lead to more work, and build your reputation.
Partnerships grow your core network and introduce more people to what you do.
Remember this, JellyVisionaries:
“Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much.“
If you are looking for that unique, meaningful, sappy, gift for your family, I think The Edinburgh Casting Company pretty much nails it. The results are freaky amazing, and most of the kits are well under $100.
Something You Have To See:
I ordered this on Amazon this week, and I can’t wait for it to arrive so I can start cooking. “The Artists’ and Writers’ Cookbookis a collection of personal, food-related stories with recipes from 76 contemporary artists and writers.” I am looking forward to making recipes like Joyce Carol Oates’ Recipe In Defiance Of Grief.
A Shiny New App:
Do you have what it takes to use The Most Dangerous Writing App? This writing app is impressive in its simplicity. You choose the length of time you wish to write and start the timer. Here’s the catch: If you stop typing all your words will be erase forever. This is a great pressure tool for those that need to get out of their heads and write. Go ahead, write dangerously!
An Awesome Business Article For Artists:
Hey JellyVisionaries! I’ve consulted with plenty of artists on how to sell their work,and I find it can be uncomfortable for an artist to do the selling because it is so personal. I was so happy to come across this article this week because it sells art to any potential buyer by listing 13 convincing reasons to buy original art for your home. Let these reasons reinforce your confidence when selling your art. Look at what your art does for people! It improves their daily happiness, increases conversations, and it even keeps their brains active! YOUR ART HAS EXTREME VALUE. Keep this article handy. 🙂
Make as many decisions as you can, JellyVisionaries! Don’t allow life to happen to you. Being decisive makes you a proactive participant in your business and life. You can’t do anything until you decide to. Once your decision is made, actions follow, and you will see that anything is possible!
People care less about what you say, than what you do. Keep creating and innovating, JellyVisionaries! Your rep is solid!
Your goals don’t give a sh*t if you are tired or uncomfortable. Keep going, JellyVisionaries! We are cheering you on.
I used to be super afraid of failure, until I failed- hard. It hurt, but I didn’t die. Now, I’m a better business woman and fearless. Fail fast, fail often–learn, grow, and win.
This is a follow up to yesterday’s post, Perception: The Reality You Can Have Fun Changing. In that post, I discover that I created my own reality when I perceived my body as being larger than it actually is. When my perception changed after the “dress incident”, it made me a bit obsessed with how perception can be altered with a little influence. That got me thinking… Uh-oh–that can be dangerous!
Can changing my personal perception be a new super power for my small business?
When writing proposals for potential clients for Social Media Rescue, my perception tends to be that the client is expecting to pay less, they are a small business so they probably can’t afford what I’d like to propose , and that I am coming in over their budget.
Instead, I now perceive any potential client as a growing business that places value in my services. They need someone with my skills to help their business be successful. My services are a smart investment. They can’t afford not to work with me!
I got a chance to test my new perception when a client extended the scope of their original proposal, but indicated that they didn’t expect it to increase their monthly fee very much. In actuality, what they wanted represented a lot more work. Since I perceived them as a growing business that values my service, and, I perceived myself as being a smart investment, I was able to confidently tell them what it would cost and why without any anxiety. They accepted it without question!
I’m convinced that if the same conversation occurred with my old perception, I would have either under-quoted them, or approached it with such a lack of confidence that they’d feel confident negotiating me down. I only want to negotiate up!
I can’t wait to play more with perception in my every day life. This quote is a good one to remember:
We don’t see things as they are. We see them as we are. — Anais Nin
I hope you can use this as a tool in your multi-colored toolbox as you build your creative business. Change your perspective and you will change your world (for the better), JellyVisionaries!