Sooo, I'm totally obsessed with Issa Rae these days. She's such a talented woman who us "Awkward Black Girls" can relate to. Some may think that she blew up overnight but Issa really started from the bottom to become the HBO sensation that she is today. I definitely look up to her and admire her "realness." While watching YouTube as I do ever so often, I ran across an interview that she did with Roland Martin. She was explaining how there's so much creativity in 'brokenness.'
Watching this video really inspired me. As I'm starting from the bottom with creating this blog and trying to make my dreams and visions come to life, I often get discouraged because I feel inadequate compared to seasoned bloggers and entrepeneurs who have the best pictures, lighting, connections, etc. Just starting out with my blog, I don't have the money and/or resources to make it all happen from day one. It's going to be a slow and steady process. I'm not going to lie, it makes me question if I want to keep going at times. However, watching this video really motivated me to tap more into my creativity to make it work with what I have. I thought about so many other people who may have a passion but may feel like they don't have the coins to make it happen. There's something that we can take away from what Issa said in that video- there's something 'magical' in working with what you have. Here's 3 ways on how your 'brokenness' can fuel your creativity:
1. Collaborating With People Who Are Starting From the Bottom Too!
Instead of trying to look for someone who is going extend their hand to pull you up, look for people who are just as hungry as you. Collaborate, share ideas and create projects together that will showcase everyone's talents. Not only will it help you to practice and grow professionally but it may also expose you to new networks of people who could be the missing pieces to get your ideas off the ground. Look for people in Facebook groups, search hashtags on Instagram and Twitter, Look on LinkedIn or ask around in your community. Take me for example, I've joined several blogger groups and it has been very beneficial. I even went to my first blogger meet up this past weekend and it was such a great experience. I also reached out to my cousin to become Flawless Fabs' Beauty Contributor and write reviews for beauty products that she frequently purchases...Just look around you, it's people and resources there!
2. Starting With What You Have
Do you feel like you don't have the best camera, house, fashions, computer or whatever to make it work? Start anyway! Work on some "Do It Yourself" projects to achieve that quality that you're looking for. Even if you don't have the best, work with what you have. Your work will shine regardless because people will see your passion and respect your work ethic. There's something magical about being authentic and not always having it "together" but somehow still being able to deliver what you're most passionate about. People can relate to that and will respect you for keeping it real. The opportunity for you to invest in yourself and your work will come. You just have to create it first. Look at Cardi B! Went from dancing to making money moves while always keeping it 100! Yasss Cardi!
3. Thinking Outside the Box
When you're broke but trying to work on your passion, you begin to think of all kinds of ideas to be original, market your talents and generate some income. It's the hunger and desire in you to want to reach your greatest potential. Your spark of an idea may not come as quick as you'd like but it will come. Just be patient and take the time to clearly think and write out what your vision is. Think about how you are going to attract your audience or clientele with what you have to offer. The ideas will come. Don't Give Up!
I hope that Issa's interview and my words of inspiration will motivate you to start working towards your dreams. A step forward is a step in the right direction. Let this stage in your life be a catalyst for your creativity.