Good morning everyone! Hope your week is off to a great start. Chicago's weather has been so nice lately so I went walking by Lake Michigan yesterday. I stumbled upon a sailing competition, the beautiful sun hitting the waves, and people enjoying the weather. I wish I brought my 35mm camera to take pictures. So, that's what inspired me to write this post.
1. A camera
No matter what medium your art is, a camera is a tool used to document moments. You don't need to be a professional photographer or have a fancy DSLR. You can even use your iPhone. Lately, I've been getting really into 35mm camera's because there's just something about developing the pictures and not seeing them right after you take them that excites me. Like my Philosophy of Film professor said, "When you get older that's less and less surprises", but developing film and picking the prints up is a little surprise. Photos can also be an inspiration for your art: drawings, paintings, books, screenplays, etc.
2. a notebook/sketchbook/computer
My partner likes to call me "old fashioned" because of the vintage long "detective-like" coat I've been wearing and how I dress very "proper". I also like writing all my ideas down in a notebook instead of on a laptop. When you start bringing a notebook everywhere, no matter where you are, you can jot down an idea you have. OR if you prefer a sketchbook, you can quickly draw something that you just saw. You can also use a computer to write down ideas, but again it's not the same. It's also a little weird to me when I see people on the train pull out their giant laptop and fancy airpods, so they can be in their own little world. To me, riding the train is a place to get ideas from.
3. a business card
You never know who you could run into. A potential client, an art collector, a producer, a publisher, etc. Business cards are important to have because they show professionalism, are a source for the person to contact you, and can develop your brand. The business card above is one I designed to promote my production company, but is not for clients. I designed another one with my phone number on it for clients. It has my company's logo on it too.
These three things will inspire you, document your ideas, and promote your brand. Comment 👇other things YOU think a creator should always have with them.
Have a wonderful week and remember to stay true to you and follow your dreams!
Bridget Johnson is the president and co-founder of Dare to Dream Productions. She writes and directs thought-provoking films that inspire others to follow their dreams.
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