6 Benefits of Being in Creative Community
If you meet someone who self-describes as a “creative,” stay clear until you know what you’re getting into.
Creatives are a weird bunch and (we) know it! I have been hanging with them all my life and happily so. They are always imaginative, smart, and savvy. They’re often funny, too, and I can’t live a day without that medicine.
Creator Magazine was formed over 3 decades ago to serve church music weirdos like me and I have been immensely grateful for its help in doing my job better. Here’s the short list of what that relationship has afforded me (and, by the way, all the headings are clickable, and will link you to a variety of Creator resources).
I have found countless pieces of music that I might have passed over in a packet hidden among dozens of other packets.
Every time you think you know it all, you learn you’re wrong (thankfully) and you “take it to a new level” (a term I loathe, but one that has served me well).
I’ve always found it comforting to read of someone else’s learning process and the rich reward that comes when figuring out new ways to do an “old” thing.
Technique is what you fall back on when you find yourself in trouble. The pages (both print and digital) of Creator have honed my ability to routinely get through tough times with solid and proven skills.
I have been a writer for Creator off and on for over 20 years and during that time have made many deeply satisfying connections with fellow musicians. Even people who don’t write for CM find hundreds of ways to interact with colleagues they might not have otherwise met.
Thinking outside the box or learning how to get back into it are among my most treasured gifts from this publication. Just when I think I’m stuck, I read of someone else’s clever workaround and get back on track.
I’m glad to be one of those of us who rely on Creator’s help and advice, and glad to help those who have join those of us who are privileged to offer help and advice. Let me know if I can help you!
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