Sunday, March 11, 2012

The Secret About Creative Life

Above, we see the creative process as perceived by folks that aren't part of the trade. Admittedly, creatives have a great life, love their work and give the impression from their laid-back attitude that from the moment of getting a job to the moment of presentation, they spend very little time actually doing the work.

Because, after all, how hard can it be?

Well, if you think along those lines, I'm here to let you in on a little secret.

In reality, the creative process is quite different from the common perception. While there never seems to be enough time for anything, it works out there is just enough time for everything.

There are elements in the above process that I couldn't find a way to include in the graphic. Like all super heroes they constantly dodge bullets. They spend a lot of time selflessly answering cries of help from distressed creditors. And I can't tell you how many orphaned pizza slices have been saved from a life of loneliness.

The creative process allows for a lot of heroics: between fixing software crashes, finding lost puppies, jumping from one tall building to another, and finding bodily functions inordinately funny. You would think that these individuals would live for fame and glory but in reality they shy away from the public spotlight. Their only reward is the act of saving humanity from drudgery on a daily basis.

Creatives are great, hard-working people who you should love and cuddle. All creative people are enormously attractive, intelligent, and good with pets. In fact, I'd highly recommend creative people and you should immediately knit one a beret (complete with cool tassel) if you haven't already.


  1. Geez Rand,

    You forgot the best thing about Creatives, we're amazing lover's and great friends to everyone who knows us...haha. Love the post!

  2. Yeah! Doug's right! And it might be fair to put a little play time on the chart. I think that's usually after we think we've nailed the assignment and before we realize we're going to get several more rounds of revisions.

  3. And yet another friend suggested adding some "procrastination" time as well. Hey, it's my first draft, gimme a break!

    All your brilliant suggestions are on my get-to list. LOL

  4. Very odd. I thought the rounds of Panic, Research, Doubt, First Draft, Feedback, Second Guess, Revise and Panic were what HR folks do.

    Does this mean I'm a creative type, too? Oh Lord, how do I live up to that?

    1. LM: Just don't tell anyone. It works for me...