For Being So Digitally Connected — It Sure Does Get Lonely as a “Millennial” Creative

{Prepare for…venting.}

Over the past few months I have been in a battle with fits of stagnation and a simple realization that entrepreneurship, the creative life, whatever you want to choose label it, is really hard.

There are so many things that I want to do, so many things I want to positively affect, but creating something out of nothing has been an incredibly arduous journey (I wouldn’t trade it for anything in the world though).

I’m, quite frankly, tired of going to events/talks about creatives, innovation, and entrepreneurship or listening to so-called experts, who give me the, success laden version of their story.

More specifically though, I think I’m just tired of being around people who want to make themselves bigger, better than they really might be; continuing to paint a one-sided picture that elevates them to a “high” level. I want to know about the sleep-less nights, the struggles, the non-glamorous stuff behind the journey of a creative.

As a young creative, myself, I find it a little lonely sometimes because those who truly understand the nuances of the creative life are few and far between.

I’ve often wondered why there aren’t more things out there to connect young creatives who want to make a real impact in this world (if you know of any comment them below! I’d love to check them out).

Social media has done a good job of creating opportunities for people to connect from all over the globe, but sometimes I find the noise too much to sift through.

For me, Instagram has been the best tool for me to connect with people from all around the world. I love meeting other young creatives from different countries who are doing amazing works in their own field, whatever it may be.

BUT, is Instagram really the best avenue for me to meet these amazing people?

Why can’t I, as a creative in North Carolina, quickly and easily find out about the works of another creative in Idaho, Phoenix, or even Berlin?

Those questions rise up every time I build a new friendship with someone over “the gram.”

SO, instead of waiting for someone else to create what I’m looking for, I’m doing it myself, starting with my brand Espirer.

Espirer is, quite simply, an online publication, created to spotlight the works of young creatives around the country (and eventually the world).

I’m looking to find the nitty gritty details about their process for creating, the tools they use, & the struggles of being a young person with aspirations much larger than their age.

Honestly, we are just asking the questions we wish we would have had answers to before we ventured off into the creative sphere.

I’ve been reaching out to amazing people to get their perspective on the life of a creative and the results and answers have been astonishing. With a steady flow of stories coming in from both established creatives as well as those up and coming, the diversity is something I’m proud of.

If you are a young creative, check out this project I’ve started, in Espirer, and give me your feedback. I’d love to know what you like, what you hate and how I can make something that will rally people around the real issues young creatives need to know about.

And, if you would like to submit your work, whatever it may be, or know someone who would be great to interview don’t hesitate to send me comments, DM’s, tweets, or apply on the contact page!