|How and why did you begin to be creative?
I was always creative as a child. I always had the urge to "make" things. It started in my early childhood.
At 3 I had full-blown visions of a torch singer in a slinky gown leaning on a piano on-stage singing for a glamorous up-scale supper-club audience. At 11, I sang a song in a school play, a major coming-out experience. At 16 I signed myself up for voice lessons, then told my parents. At 18 I sang with a jazz trio every night all summer, then sang with a jazz trio in the freshman talent show for 1000 students. At 25, returning to college after a brief marriage, I began singing again, took some music courses and sang on a local TV show. Finally, at 30 I booked my first professional singing gig and have been performing off-and-on (a lot of it off) every since.
Its an important outlet, hurts less than getting hit.
Through school I guess, but apparently I was creative when I was very young to start with. I remember I won an art competition when I was five and it meant a lot to me because I'd never won anything before. So I'm pretty sure it all started from there.
I think all human beings have some level of creativity - it's just a matter of degree, and ability to survive the systems that force creativity out of us - like school! Creativity is fueled by information, experimentation, and the ability to recognize surprise occurances as opportunities.
I was lucky. I was nurtured and raised up by very creative people who helped me think creatively from the time I could think.
That's "how" -
I try to stay creative because it is fun.
Everyone has the capacity to be creative. Humans are naturally inquisitive and creativity develops from innate curiosity. So it's not a matter of how or why we are creative, a better question is why some of us fail to develop our creative skills.
DNA simply put. My real father was a well known musician and artist during the rock movement of the late sixties and early seventies. He started the ball rolling, and even after our lives changed in certain ways, my other family members always encouraged me.
If I needed a supply for a project, I had it. I wish someone would have taught me organization though, because I always run into ideas with such energy but forgot to put my ducks in a row first. Being a seller on several handmade websites now has helped me a great deal on this task.
It was the day I woke up to my sense of being that I felt the surge of creativity. It was power. I awakened to it.. Must have been early since I can't recall not ever being creative.
I believe that my creativity occurred as I developed, from both nature and nurture. Creative instincts in a person, such as myself, are positive in the indication of right-brained dominance/right-lobe dominance. While many are creative there are many other who show clutch to a precise analytical brainpower, much more than the creativeness I show in my journalism or day-to-day life. Again, I believe it is nature, nurture, and the dominate control of the brain so I cannot answer such question with a determination of when, nor give an easy answer for why and how due to the above.
I don't remember a specific date - I think I've always been creative.
When I was very little I adored lego (still do) but after I'd built the designed construction on the box, I'd pull it all apart, mix the pieces with the rest of my lego and build something new. I seemed fond of creating spaceships and jungles. That's one of my happiest memories; the crunching sound of wading through thousands of pieces of lego to find that *one* piece you're looking for.
I also remember I used to draw, almost obsessively. I was (and again - still am) always drawing. I tried to draw cars, people, motorcycles, buildings, landscapes, animals. I distinctly remember that for a few years when I was very young my subject matter consisted solely of men with mohawks, motorcycles and knives. No clue why, but I find that immensely amusing today. I eventually grew out of that stage, thankfully.
Always had a creative side but now everyone can see it on the net. The reason I am doing what I do now with the support from the love of my life, Mario. He is a fantastic Composer and very talented. I felt the Public should listen to what he writes its BEAUTIFUL.. So we decided that I should learn to Film and Edit so that people listen to his Music. Not everyone listens to an Unknown Composer so I gave an added attraction with the video side.
Creativity runs in my family, perhaps you can say it is in my DNA. My mother was very involved in the arts, music, opera, reading and writing poetry, and art history. My brother is a painter and my sister a designer of Jewelry. Since childhood I have been surrounded with literature, free opera concerts in Central Park, and visits to the museums. Also, my mother encouraged me to sketch, and paint. Mother was also very talented in sewing, I remember one summer she help me design and sew a set of summer dresses, she followed me through the process guiding to the end product. I was very lucky this way.
Specifically when I was 8-years-old, recovering from my appendectomy. It was a way for me to finally write down some of my traumatic childhood experiences in secret -- as well as the "outward" creative process that others saw and "approved" of.
I began being creative when I realized that people aren't making sense to me and I'd rather be thinking of ways that make sense to "them"...via communication. I think I was about 6. I sat down on my Dad's lap and quite literally designed a billboard for a local credit union. I used a black and red crayon. From there, I've come a long way.
To be (creative) or not to be (creative)! That's the question! Its something you possess!
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