I’m watching a movie as I write this post. I would call this multi-tasking, but it’s been more like multi-distractions. Just how does one write a blog post about creativity while watching a heist flick about gold thieves? You find the creative lesson, that’s how. What do all good heist movies have in common? Aside from fancy tech, big explosions, and fast car chases, they all have a crew. The crew is a team, all experts in their chosen fields, working together to pull off the heist. They’re misfits, renegades, and mostly a little crazy. They all have different backgrounds and experiences, but they pool their talents to accomplish something greater than any of them could do alone. So, what do the heist crews teach us about creativity?
A Team is Stronger Than a Loner
Heist movies use teams because their plots call for feats a single person just couldn’t accomplish alone. Creativity does the same in our lives. Anyone who pursues creativity long enough will find themselves in a situation where their individual creative power isn’t enough anymore. That’s when you need a team of other creatives to help energize you towards your giant creative goal.
You’re Only As Good As Your Crew
It’s important to have people around us, but not just anyone will suffice. A bad crew means a failed heist, and a bad creative team can mean a wasted creative talent. The people you spend time with will shape the person you become, so choose wisely. Surround yourself with people who can help you become the best possible version of yourself. If you want to be more grateful, don’t hang around with complainers. If you want to be brave, don’t spend time with fearful types. Spend time with people whose qualities that you desire in your own life, and you’ll find yourself growing new strengths.
Diversity is Important
Heist crews are ever made up of the same kinds of talent. A crew of all wheel men is great for a get away run, but how will they get the loot without a safe cracker or a demolition expert? Creativity needs diversity, too. A friend in another creative discipline can open you to new perspectives, outlets, and ways of doing things. The more talents in your crew, the more you can achieve.
Crews Have Each Others Backs
When it seems like everything in the world is against you and your creativity, a loyal creative crew can be the only thing keeping you from throwing in the towel. They can be a support system, a sounding board, and your loudest cheering section. When things get rough, your crew is the one there to spur you forward. They can see you creative potential even when your eyes are clouded by failures. And when you get back on your feet, you can become the cheerleader for one of them.
Do you want to move forward in your creativity? Do you want to tackle things that seem too big for you? Maybe you just want to know that somebody is in your corner. No matter the personal reasons, every creative person needs a creative crew. It’s a wild world out there, so find a team of creative misfits and pull them close. They may be just what you need to pull your crazy, creative plans together.
Sarah is the co-founder of Bright Ideas, a designer by trade, and an artist by passionate choice. She was born and raised in South, and delights in sharing Southern culture with anyone who cares to learn. Sarah collects creative hobbies; when she isn’t making art, you can usually find her on the dance floor. Follow her creative adventures on Instagram and Twitter!