If you’ve worked in the arts, or as a freelancer at all, I know you’ll recognise the challenges that come with that - the fear of failure, the anxiety and suspense around how we deal with the unknown, or starting out in a new job or profession, and the emotional highs and lows that come with a career in the creative industries. It can be glorious, but it can also be brutal and exhausting.
A couple of years ago a directed play in London called Distance. It was about the struggle of a character dealing with depression, and being unable to connect with others to find a way to overcome that distance and isolation they felt. Creating that show, as often is the case, echoed experiences in my own life. But making that show, was for me a really cathartic and positive experience. I had been dealing similar feelings in the year or so before the writer approached me, and actually the research and process of collaborating on that piece, really enabled me to come back out the other end of those issues with mental health, and make some changes in my own life.
As the pandemic hit in the middle of 2020, I decided to take some time to look more closely at how I could remodel my lifestyle, and creative work in order unpick what can really make a difference for living a more intentional, productive and stress-free creative life.
And so, over the last 6-months I’ve been creating weekly videos on YouTube exploring just that, taking some time and space to reflect; look again at how I do things. This isn’t simply about making more and going further (this hustle culture we are seduced by), it’s about asking, how can I create work in a more intentional way, make space for creativity and the rest of life, so we don’t let it fly past up.
Along with too much time at home in 2020, one thing that definitely came out of this was some proper habit change. From decluttering and minimising, to taking up yoga or building my own productivity system from scratch in Notion: but you know all about that if you watch the channel! So, I started intensively learning again and found ways to refocus my approach to freelance life in general.