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Friday, 3 February 2012

Let's talk (no pictures)

Instead of bombarding you steadily with pictures of my newest creations and boring you with details of the type of bead and wire used, today I am going to write something. 


When I took this accessory making hobby to the next level, which is showing it to people outside my circle of family and friends, I was overwhelmed by the appreciation and praises I received. At one point I started wondering if people are just being polite or is my work really that great? The cynic in me still smells something fishy when good words of encouragement cross the limit. I cannot distinguish between sweet talk and genuine appreciation. So when well wishers jokingly (and some in all seriousness) suggest that I should take this up full time and expand, it makes me wonder if I will then succeed in putting my creativity to test and be able to come up with original designs and patterns. Will I be able to arrive at combinations of colours and patterns that easily as I am now able to? Or will it be a more theoretical or repetitive thing that comes with practice? 


Well the thought remains a thought because I at any point prefer not to be creative and work under the gun at the same time. The pressure of a deadline or success margin is too much to handle! 


But I would like to know what you think? Will you people be able to let the expressive side of your imagination thrive under pressure? If yes, how does that work? How do you manage the two?

6 comments:

Obsessivemom said...

First.. looking at your new creations is NOT boring.. I wait for them.
Second.. people can't be buying stuff to be polite.. since you're inundated with orders you must have talent..so there.
As for what happens to the creative side under dedline pressure is each person's own take. Once I interviewed Javed Akhtar and he said quality did suffer sometimes .. but that's a risk you have to take to continue to do what you love. So cheers to anything you plan.

Gunjan said...

My only take away from your comment is "You interviewed Javed Akhtar!" :-O :-O Hehe!
Anyway, maybe what you are saying is right but the way I enjoy doing this right now, it might not be the same under different circumstances IMO.

Unmana said...

Yeah, I found that I didn't write or freelance when I didn't have a full-time job. But that's me, and I'm lazy. :)

Now, I'm full of ideas and not nearly enough time!

My advice -- if you're asking for it -- is to continue doing this until you're sure you'll have enough orders to keep yourself busy/make enough money, and then, if you still want to, take the plunge into a new career!

Gunjan said...

@Unmana, that will be a big step. Hope I am able to stay afloat after taking the plunge :P

Varsh said...

Nope...if you ask me...i'd like my passion to remain my passion only...like even when i've to write a post i write well when its my own words or ideas...but when its a tag or contest i get confused and disillusioned...do it as much as u enjoy it...expansion should come naturally...

Gunjan said...

@Varsh: I agree. One has to get a bit ruthless when it comes to making money. In that case, I fear the creative edge will be lost.

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