December 13, 2012

Are you a creative “slashie?”

Filed under: Creativity — Tags: , , , — lidia @ 10:00 am

graphic designer/blogger/bookbinder/artist

While reading the book Mom, Inc. by Meg Mateo Ilasco and Cat Seto, I came across a term I thought was brilliant: creative “slashie.” The authors talked about how they consider themselves creative slashies, i.e. artist/designer/writer. I thought to myself: Yes! Finally someone has come up with a term to describe me.

It turns out I’ve always been a creative slashie. Yes, I’m a graphic designer, but I also pursue many other creative outlets. So, now you can call me a graphic designer/blogger/bookbinder/artist. How’s that for a creative slashie?

Some people may make it seem like pursuing varied creative interests makes you scattered or flighty. However, I’ve always felt that by pursuing all of my creative inspirations, I am honoring and showing gratitude for my unique talents.

And I find that it’s a common trait among creatives. In fact, HOW Magazine regularly features creatives with side businesses in their Sidelines column. (I was lucky enough to be featured in the inaugural column!)

And as Mom, Inc. authors Meg and Cat so eloquently put it, “Once you tap into your inner creative and project your talents to the world, you won’t always know what your next act is going to be—and that’s the beauty of it.” I couldn’t have put it better myself.

Read my book review of Mom, Inc. here.

What kind of creative slashie are you?