In my time as an artist and web developer, I’ve had the pleasure of being involved with multiple art venues and marketing companies, some weren’t so pleasurable. I’ve also had numerous working relationships – again some were great while others weren’t. This is natural and progressive. Still, change, desired or undesired, is unsettling.
I recently moved out of a studio space that I loved for several years. Although I no longer needed the space, my experience in that space was excellent! Even though I knew moving was a logical step, I still had some separation anxiety. I hadn’t used my studio in months but when I moved out I missed it immediately.
As creatives, we spend much of our lives planning for change. This year my creative career has transitioned in ways I didn’t expect. I love the idea of change and engaging with new possibility. But if this has ever happened to you, you know it leaves you feeling disjointed and fragmented. Don’t worry. That feeling won’t last.
When I was thinking of tips to help other creatives react to change a few tired metaphors entered my mind. I suppose I could tell you how change is like death and then discuss the five stages of grief. Or I could write a little parable about a caterpillar shedding its skin to become a butterfly. Search the internet for anything related to transition, change, or growth and you’ll find an overload of those comparisons.
I think the Brady Bunch summed it up best:
In my own experience, handling massive change, unexpected transition, or entering a period of extensive career makeover is as simple as remembering these 3 things.
Unfortunately, people who refuse change condemn themselves to a life of mediocrity, and not just in their careers. Refusal to change and grow in your career affects all aspects of life. If your work is meaningless, you’ll forget how to enjoy yourself and your talents will be wasted. This, I promise.
Take Robin William’s advice in The Dead Poets Society: Carpe Diem! Seize the day and your life and career will unstoppable.