I read this story the other day, and it’s been echoing around in my head ever since.
All my life I’ve been a production manager or a technician. Just about every serious job I’ve had has either been, implementing & maintaining someone else’s creation, or the managing of the resources that creative people are using to do their creative thing.
I’ve done this as a computer consultant, a theatrical stage manager, a podcast producer, a stagehand, a corporate events technician, a user group founder/director, and many other jobs that have much in common.
I’m not sure why but for so much of my life I’ve just never considered myself to be the creative guy.
I want to change that.
As I enter this (probably) final third of my life I’d like to be more of a creative. I don’t want to be the person wearing black who stands in the shadows to help the person onstage. I want to be the person onstage.
I don’t know if I have the talent to succeed at this, but I want to give it a try.
Long ago I heard the saying that “writers write”. If you want to be a writer, don’t get all angsty about it, just write something. That saying always rang true to me, and I’m pretty convinced that it can be expanded to, “creatives create”.
If I want to be more of a creative, and less of a tech, then I need to create, regularly, indefinitely.