Healthy Creative Lifestyle For Artists

Learn how establishing healthy practices and routines can help you maintain your focus and get you out of creative ruts
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  • Lectures 24
  • Contents Video: 2 hours
    Other: 1 min
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  • Languages English
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Published 2/2014 English

Course Description

Hey guys, my name is Ben Cooper, and I’m a full-time songwriter and producer here in Nashville, TN.

    Have you ever felt so creatively drained that you wondered if you’d ever want to make another piece of art again?

    Or, on the flipside, have you ever felt so inspired you couldn’t get the words or images on the page quickly enough?


These are both natural parts of a creative lifestyle.
Often, the busy and unpredictable world around us can have a huge impact on the way we create. Actually, they can have too big of an impact if we’re not careful.

In this course we’re going to talk about:

    ·How establishing healthy practices and routines (like getting enough sleep every night or making a cup of hot tea before you sit down to create) can help you maintain your focus and get you out of ruts and into a creative mindset that’s not dependent upon random bursts of inspiration

    Without a healthy lifestyle:

    You feel drained, tired, sometimes jealous of others’ successes

    With a healthy lifestyle:

    You better understand how and why you create your own art

    You learn to prioritize your art and set aside time to create, even in the busiest week

    You trust that even when you get knocked down you’ll be able to take feedback in a way that lets you get back up again and keep moving toward your creative vision for the future

I know the creative journey can be hard and confusing at times, but in the end it’s absolutely worth the effort. You have some incredible art inside you that deserves to see the light of day. I look forward to walking through this creative process together!

What are the requirements?

  • A desire to implement a healthy creative lifestyle!
  • A willingness to look intently at what is and what isn't currently working in the daily and weekly scope of life
  • A commitment to take care of yourself as an artist

What am I going to get from this course?

  • By the end of the course you will be able to take steps to build a healthy foundation and lifestyle for creating art
  • You will understand your creative drains and fills
  • You will establish creative space where you are able to create without pressure

What is the target audience?

  • Anyone who creates anything
  • Songwriter
  • Painter
  • Designer
  • Photographer
  • Dancer

What you get with this course?

Not for you? No problem.
30 day money back guarantee.

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Lifetime access.

Learn on the go.
Desktop, iOS and Android.

Get rewarded.
Certificate of completion.

Curriculum

01:56

    Have you ever felt so creatively drained that you wondered if you’d ever want to create again?

    Or, on the flipside, have you ever felt so inspired you couldn’t get the words or images on the page quickly enough?


These are both natural parts of a creative lifestyle.
Often, the busy and unpredictable world around us can have a huge impact on the way we create. Actually, they can have too big of an impact if we’re not careful.

In this course we’re going to talk about:

    ·How establishing healthy practices and routines can help you maintain your focus and get you out of ruts and into a creative mindset that’s not dependent upon random bursts of inspiration

    ·Without healthy lifestyles:

    You feel drained, tired, sometimes jealous of others’ successes

    ·With healthy lifestyles:

    You better understand why you feel certain a certain way about your own creativity and others’ art

    You know how to build in time to create, even in a busiest week

    You trust that even when you get knocked down you’ll be able to get take feedback in a way that lets you get back up again and keep moving toward your creative vision for the future

I know the creative journey can be hard a confusing at times, but in the end it’s absolutely worth the effort. You have some incredible art inside you that deserves to see the light of day. I look forward to walking through this creative process together!

00:53

Welcome!

We can all remember a time in our lives where a song, piece of art or film connected with us on a deep level. We as artists have the ability to share our thoughts and emotions in a way that can have a huge impact on the lives of the people who experience our art. First, though, we need to make sure we're taken care of as artists...

Section 1: Knowing Yourself
05:26

Before you even begin to establish specific patterns for your own creative lifestyle, you first have to know and understand who you are as a person.

You have a unique view, take advantage of it, as no one will see or do things exactly like you do.

“To be yourself in a world that is constantly trying to make you something else is the greatest accomplishment.” Ralph Waldo Emerson

Get to know who you are:

Where have you been? (past)

Where are you now? (present)

Where are you going? (future)

“What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us.” Ralph Waldo Emerson

Knowing where we’ve been and where we’re going helps us best understand how where we are now fits into the big picture.

Section 2: Inside The Artist
03:03

Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once he grows up.” - Pablo Picasso

In this segment, we will look at elements of the creative process through the lens of “you.”

The journey of the artists can be confusing, an exhilarating pursuit and a roller coaster ride. We face challenges along the way, but in the end it's worth the pursuit.

02:34

    We are all insecure. Have you ever felt like a fraud, and it’s only a matter of time before someone figures out that you’re faking it? Even Meryl Streep has at times.

    When it comes to dealing with doubt, it's absolutely essential to learn to trust your creative taste again.

    What moves you on a deep level?

    In this segment we will focus on getting back to the basics of what you believe when it comes to creating art.

    What art do you love? What got you interested in creating in the first place?

Article

A great article about celebrities dealing with creative insecurity.

04:43

    The motivations behind our creativity will either be internal or external motivators:

    Internal Examples – passion, meaning, expression

    External Examples – fame, financial gain, recognition

    As we’ll talk about in the next section, understanding what drives us to create can inform how we should gauge our success.

04:54

When it comes to gauging success for our creativity, it's important to remember that making art can be very subjective. Who are you creating for? Personal reasons? Commercial reasons? How do your motivations fit in to your approach to creating?

“Success is not to be measured by the position someone has reached in life, but the obstacles he has overcome while trying to succeed.” Booker T. Washington

You don’t need to be a professional to be successful. Once you know a little more about who you are, why you’re creating and your desired outcome, you’re better able to actually jump into the process. Next we’re going to talk more about establishing very specific and intentional rhythms and routines.

14:09

Developing a structure for our creativity to function in can help remove some of the things in our lives that drain the energy and excitement from making art, and allows us to identify the important filling experiences we need to incorporate.

05:02

As artists, we need to have our own dedicated physical space to create, along with the proper amount of time to make art without pressure.

Article

Get creative!

05:32

Like a farmer working the land season after season, we need to become comfortable with the understanding that there will be good and hard times in our creative journey.

07:26

Have you ever had your plans not go as you had hoped? That seems to be a common theme of life. In this segment we'll look at how to deal with things not going according to plan.

06:59

After looking at our plans not going as hoped, it's important to have an attitude of growth. We may not be able to change what happened, but we can apply the lessons we learn along the way to how we move forward.

Section 3: Working With People
02:55

Remember the golden rule while collaborating: treat others how you would like to be treated, and things will turn out as well as possible.

04:03

When collaborating with the right person, the quality and efficiency of your work often goes up dramatically.

13:44

Working together with someone on a piece of art can be a lot like going on a first date...nerve-wracking, exciting or frustrating.

Article

The explanation for beads of sweat on my head...

08:54

When surrounded by other artists, we'll often either get inspired or intimidated. In this segment we'll look at how to best approach the scenario.

06:00

By having a solid support system, we'll be in the healthiest place to create our art.

Section 4: Making Adjustments
05:49

Getting someone's opinion on your creative work can be hard, especially when it's not really positive. In this segment we discuss how to handle those bumps in the road.

06:58

Pour yourself into your art, then not take it personally when it's rejected? Difficult, but not impossible.

04:49

Like digging up an already-planted tree, re-working our art can be hard to do, but worth it in the end.

Section 5: Summary
02:18

Thank you and a great poem to encourage us in our creativity!

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Instructor Biography

Ben Cooper, Full-time Songwriter/Producer in Nashville, TN

Ben Cooper is an Indiana native (aka Colts fan) and a 2007 Belmont alum (Audio Engineering & Entrepreneurship) who has spent the past five years as a full-time songwriter in Nashville.

Collaborating with his mentor, Gordon Kennedy, he has had cuts on Ricky Skaggs’ Grammy-nominated album “Mosaic,” Skaggs’ 2012 release “Music To My Ears,” Olivia Newton-John's "A Celebration In Song" and others.

When he’s not writing music in his East Nashville studio, Ben is soaking up every moment he can with his wife Brittany and their one year old daughter, Eleanor Joy.

He currently writes songs for Writers Den Music Group (with Bobby Rymer) on Music Row in Nashville, TN, and is a freelance composer/producer for Jingle Punks. He is affiliated with BMI.

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