Creativity is a novel idea to build and communicate in ways that are unique, compelling, and unexpected. Creativity is the strange partnership between a human being’s labor and the mystery of inspiration.
For individuals who are creative like you, true satisfaction in life comes when something new is created. Whether designing a video game, painting a picture, or making a beautiful video etc. It can be said that that you are the happiest when you are creating. When you can find a job that lets you be creative, you make money doing something which you really love, and that makes all of the difference in your life.
Creative jobs are available with people moving away from factories and manufacturing in the developed world. Creative jobs are based upon skill sets developed in the workplace, or through formal education. There are many different jobs where a creative individual like you can take your skills and make yourself valuable to a company, or better yet, start a company of your own.
When you think of jobs suited for creative people like you, what hits your mind?
What is creativity?
Creativity is actually a continuous process to make or do something that is original. Since it is a process, it makes use of imagination either that one has or something that they can derive from the surroundings.
Can everyone be creative?
You may be surprised, but the answer is a- Yes! Earlier, it was assumed that one needed to be born with a creative gene to be so. However, nowadays, the understanding is that creativity is a skill that one can work towards developing it.
How can one develop oneself to be creative?
As mentioned earlier, you need not have a genetic significance to be creative! Since it can be learnt and adopted, you would need to practice it continuously to gain mastery.
However, the following techniques maybe employed to become creative:
- Creating the right environment
- Continuous brainstorming
- Adjusting one’s mindset
- Taking feedback in the right spirit
- Visualizing situations that, hitherto, one might have never encountered
- Thinking from the view point of a child
- Not being influenced by the current trends and/or happenings
- Being able to combine two or more distinct ideas
Can being creative help you getting jobs?
Off course yes! It’s not just getting a job-you may end up making a career out of your creativity. Varied kinds of jobs are available these days and they are well paying too!
Some of the evergreen options are:
- Video Game Developer
- Professional Video/photographer
- Graphic Designer
- Social Media professional
- Web Designer
- Interior designer
- Art administrator
Are there any schools/institutes that offer courses in creativity?
If you look around you, there are many forms of art that have been done only through creativity after prolonged trial and error. Those artisans never had the opportunity, like the way you do, to enroll themselves to a college or institute. Fortunate that you may regard yourself to be, there are programs which you may enroll as per your convenience. Programs could be for a year wherein you could get either a diploma or a certificate upon completion. It could also stretch for a three years wherein you may end up getting an undergraduate degree. A slightly abridged form of the degree spanning the same duration is the Diploma. The curriculum for both the degree and diploma are the same-the only difference lies in the academic rigour. One such college/institute that has been successfully offering such programs for over a decade is the Bengaluru based Animaster Academy.
Is it possible that you can make your creativity as a career?
Haven’t you heard of Leonardo da Vinci, Michelangelo, Pablo Picasso, Salvador Dali etc.? Or Indian’s like Raja Ravi Varma, Nandalal Bose, MF Hussain, RK Laxman, Anjolie Ela Menon, Mario Miranda, Ponappa, to name a few? Apart from creativity being an indispensable part of their life, they also chose to make it their vocation! The bottom line is that you have to make up your mind to put in continuous practice during your initial years of study so that you can reap the benefits post the completion of your course. The most important and tangible benefit you can see is when you decide to make what you have learnt as the source of bread and butter!
What all should you consider before getting admission to a creative school?
The procedure for getting into Animaster Academy is relatively simpler when compared to other creative school/institutes. Merit is given top most priority and that has been the major reasons for ANIMASTER ACADEMY being able to attract dedicated student population to enroll for their courses. The basic qualifications vary as per the course that one may want to pursue. For instance, if one wants to enroll for a Bachelor’s Degree, a 10 + 2 pass certificate from any recognized Board of Education is required. A class 10 pass certificate is sufficient for a Diploma course. However, working knowledge of basic computer and internet is all that is required for any of the Certificate courses.
What do creative people as a part of their job?
As mentioned before, some of the ‘evergreen’ job opportunities that one can get into after
Their courses are as follows:
A writer can be referred to anyone who is involved in writing books, articles, stories etc. This could also be an occupation for some as a full time author or journalist. For any writer, creativity is a must and this could be in the form of different styles and techniques to communicate ideas. Earlier, writers used to experiment with different genres in the written form. Now, due to the advent of technology, images and multimedia are being incorporated into their works.
In simple terms, artists are people creating any art form. Imagination, talent and skill are of utmost importance for an artist as they would have to create works that have an aesthetic appeal. Common examples of artists are a painter, drawer, sculptor etc. They could take this up as a hobby as well as for commercial purposes for their livelihood.
Video Game Developer:
A Video Game Developer is usually a talented and creative software developer. Their focus is to develop and produce video games that can be played on personal computers, consoles, social cum online media, mobile phones, tablets and other hand held devices. While a software developer merely ‘makes’ software’s, the Video Game Developer goes about creating, designing, animating, testing and producing a game. Since this is done using 2D and/or 3D animation, the role they play assumes a lot of importance.
Any creative person who is involved in recording moving pictures or images on any electromechanical device can be called as a videographer. A good videographer would be good at both videography and video production. Here the creativity lies in the usage of the video equipment, sound recording devices and later to edit the footages that would have been captured.
Photographers, on the other hand, are one who takes photographs as a part of their profession. Hence, a whole of bunch of professional photographers have emerged and this creative field seems to have caught the imagination of both the young and the old. A good photographer will have to ensure that the photograph taken will have to be printed onto a photosensitive surface. This work is also done by other people who are commonly referred to as a camera operator, cinematographer, press photographer, paparazzo etc.
Anyone who uses design elements like typography, images to either convey information or to create an effect is known as a Graphic Designer. As an occupation, a creative Graphic Designer would have to extensively use the visual media so that information is conveyed to the chosen audience. The Graphic Designers of today are heavily dependent on technology. As a result, it is necessary that they have the following in their arsenal- A Graphic Design reference guide, a computer with the latest operating system, softwares and apps, a Wacom, varied colour guides, inspiring design books, headphones to listen to music for getting creative ideas, sketchbooks, a tech-point pen and a website to display works on a regular basis.
Any person who is involved in the process of editing maybe referred to as an Editor. The role of an editor is crucial as it’s their ingenuity that helps in correcting, condensing, organizing and modifying matter that could be put up on a written, visual, and audio or film media. Editors, therefore, see to that the final output is correct, consistent, accurate and complete. Anybody who calls oneself as an ‘editor ‘would have to be any of the following as a part of their vocation-editor-in chief, an acquisition editor, a developmental editor, a copy editor and an online editor.
Social Media professional:
If anybody has to be deemed as a ‘professional’, it can be regarded as an honour! The reason being that a professional is one who has high standards of education and training and operates out of strict codes of conduct that are both moral and ethical. A Social Media professional would have tremendous responsibilities as their work goes beyond just ‘tweeting’, uploading videos on YouTube or photographs on Face book. Their creativeness can be seen in managing content, monitoring online media, conducting ‘contests’ , e-mail marketing and online branding to name a few. To be successful in this trade, it is necessary that these professionals continuously hone their skills on listening, pattern recognition, visual thinking, statistical analysis, improvisation and public speaking.
A truly multi-faceted professional whose responsibilities lay in the design or renovation of internal spaces is called as an Interior designer. They are also known as spatial designers as their job would primarily involve structural alterations, designing of the colour and lighting schemes, deciding on the furnishing, fittings and fixtures for both domestic and commercial set-ups.
There are have been occasions wherein a talented Interior designer has had the opportunity to don the hat of a project manager by managing the construction for the client! Apart from developing the initial blue print as per the requirements of the client, an Interior designer, either individually or with a group, may have to research details about the project, utilize technology like Computer Aided Design (CAD), ensure schedules are met etc.
A relatively new field that has emerged in the field of arts is that of the Art administrator. An Art administrator can be seen usually in galleries and museums. Some of them volunteer for this role during art festivals and exhibitions and/or other non-profit agencies. Their creativity comes into play during their interactions with society in the form of developing budgets, planning events, fostering interest and encouraging people to develop a sense of appreciation towards art. They also need to ensure media coverage through direct mail campaigns, social media, designing publicity materials etc after obtaining permission from the local authorities. Though they may work in isolation, at times, they would ensure that their staffs are properly trained and can creatively address the needs of the public successfully.