The Creative Grind…
If there is one thing I’ve learned about this creative life is that the grind is a beast and the come-up is years of work away. I’ve met so many talented, supportive people out here pushing to move their ideas forward and it is humbling. They work long hours, weird hours, all hours with no guarantees their work will go anywhere. In many cases, the grind to be seen eats up more time than the grind to create. Now that I’m stepping more into self-promotion, I’m seeing the struggle and feeling the pain of figuring out how to get myself out there. It’s not easy and the success stories are the result of years of unseen work, constant learning, and imaginative implementation. It’s not easy.
It’s not easy and everybody’s journey looks different. People are doing a myriad of things to get their work out there. Some work the social media circuit. Others do the convention circuit. Networking is a constant requirement, and for those of us who find a lot of interaction draining, it can be overwhelming. Contrary to popular belief, I’m not an extrovert. I just talk a lot and my boundaries are a little more flexible than others. So, after a convention…hell, DURING a convention, I need breaks and just some decompression time. It is a lot.
But it’s worth it. Even though I’m always worried about money and currently operating at a loss, I have never felt so proud of my work. Not content. I am always pushing for something, trying to learn something, looking for a place of equilibrium which I’m strongly beginning to suspect doesn’t exist, but I feel good about what I’m doing and that goes a long way towards being at peace with myself. And I know this is a feeling I share with many other independent creators. We create our own joy in the work we do.
As part of my journey, I’ve been interviewing other creatives, learning about what they do, how they get out there, and how they find their joy. The coolest thing is seeing how differently everyone approaches their craft and the reasons why they are doing what they do. As many have said, we are not a monolith and our journeys begin for different reasons and have infinite destinations.
I present to you, Time Out with TaLynn Kel, my interview series where I talk with Black creators about what they do and how they do it. Enjoy!
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