The following is a piece I wrote for the CREATE:initiative. I feel like it is an often overlooked part of the creative process, and something we need to realize will help us be better.
I have to be honest. I am a bit of a loner. I am fiercely independent. I'm a "do-it-myself" type of Guy.
Perhaps some of you can relate...
In the creative world, it is so easy to go it alone. A designer can sit in front a computer for hours with no social interaction. A sound tech can lock the door to the sound booth to block out the noise. Honestly, it is the way some of us are wired. We can just get more things done if we do it by ourselves.
Sometimes, it is not that we are so desperate to go it alone, it is that we are afraid of critical ideas and input. Our egos are so fragile, we fear someone coming along trashing our idea. Or even worse, we fear their idea may be better.
In the last few years, I have started to learn the value of working together. The value of collaborating. There is something to what the Teacher says in Ecclesiastes:
Two are better than one, because they have a good reward for their toil. For if they fall, one will lift up his fellow. But woe to him who is alone when he falls and has not another to lift him up! Again, if two lie together, they keep warm, but how can one keep warm alone? And though a man might prevail against one who is alone, two will withstand him—a threefold cord is not quickly broken.
Ecclesiastes 4:9-12 (ESV)
Working with other creatives is an opportunity to do something special. It is an opportunity to express your creativity in ways you never imagined. By working together, the best ideas will come to light. The best production will take shape. The best projects will be born.
Just as the scriptures tell us, working with other creatives also gives us a hand to help us up. It gives us a shoulder to lean on in the midst of our failures. It gives us another hand in the fight.
So, why don't we collaborate more often?
Why can't we reach out to our fellow creatives and be better?
Our internal struggles of pride and fear can be tough to overcome, but consider the possibilities if we are to allow others to help us! Consider what can be produced.
It is worth it to collaborate.
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