Have your ever asked yourself where your creativity comes from? Or why some people appear to be more creative than others? Or why some of the most creative people in the world don’t make it? And is everyone creative?
This is subject I could truly harp on for hours about but I will spare you the drone and cut to the chase.
So much of what I have learnt about creativity on this journey from business woman to photographer has been by road testing it on myself and boy has my bumper bar got some dints! And this chat is coming from a girl who thought she never had a creative bone in her body.
Creativity is for everyone, we are all born creative. But often our creativity develops depending on the environment we grow up in and the influences we are exposed to.
I have worked with many creative people including artists, journalists, writers, photographers and illustrators and I have seen a pattern over and over again that allow these creative people to be successful at what they do.
I believe it’s the concept that the very funny John Cleese explains in this attached video. Which according to Mr. Cleese is the ability of a creative person to be able to switch from the ‘open’ mode to the ‘closed’ mode. Now you are probably wondering what the hell I am talking about but John Cleese explains it with hilarious punch lines so please watch the video at the end of this post.
All Photos Copyright Carla Coulson Italian Joy
Basically the concept is: in the ‘open’ mode you give yourself an allotted time, shut out the world and allow yourself to be totally creative, let your mind wander down any path it wants, try out ideas and be free without interruptions or structure.
When your allotted time is over you then need to switch into the ‘closed’ mode which is when you put your creative ideas into practice and get things done one after the other like a super efficient secretary powering through a ‘to-do-list’ with a trail of fire blazing from her stilettos. In the ‘closed’ mode you aren’t scratching for ideas as you already created them in the ‘open’ mode you are putting them into practice.
But the party trick is that you need to be able to switch between these two modes to be successful and maximize your creativity.
The incredible talented people that I have met, worked with and observed along the way that didn’t follow their dream or make it happen, never seemed to be able to switch into the ‘closed’ mode. Likewise if you are always in the ‘closed’ mode you are not allowing yourself time to be creative.
I adore John Cleese’s concept and video because this simple concept is the way I have always worked and it is has allowed me to be creative yet produce an incredible amount of work. Bravo John for putting it into words.
If you watch the video I would love to hear your thoughts on his concept.
“Every child is an artist, the problem is staying an artist when you grow up”. Pablo Picasso