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5 Ways To Jumpstart Your Creativity Today

As voice actors we work in a creative career. Trying to fill roles. Be characters. Tell stories. It’s creativity all day every day. It can be exhilarating and exhausting all at the same time.

When the creative juices are flowing, I feel inspired. Writing this blog, creating video tips, and sharing content on Facebook certainly requires a lot of creativity. So does creating courses and training materials to help others grow their voice over business. Mix in a couple voice over jobs throughout the day, and it’s not uncommon for my creative tank to run on empty.

5 Ways To Jumpstart Your Creativity Today

When it’s time to spark some ideas or refill the creativity tank, I’ve got a few different go to strategies.

creative-lightbulbGet Outdoors: My apartment is across the street from a park with a trail that follows alongside a river. Convenient! When I’m “not feeling it”, I’ll head out for a walk along the river. A little sunshine and fresh air always seems to help refresh and renew me.

Listen to a Podcast: Listening to other people share their ideas and inspiration is an amazing way to jumpstart my own ideas. I’ve got a few go-to podcasts I turn to. In particular, I love listening to Amy Porterfield, Pat Flynn, Tim Ferriss and John Lee Dumas.

Tap A Nap: This may sound ridiculous, but let me tell you something. I’m a BIG believer in the healing powers of a power nap. I’m talking about a 15 or 20 minute snooze, tops. When I’m beating my head against the wall because I’m stuck on something and can’t seem to get any momentum, sometimes I’ll park myself in my comfy “thinking chair” and doze off for 15 minutes. When I wake up, I feel like a new man. Invigorated and ready to face the challenge with a fresh perspective.

Review Your Greatest Hits: I keep a list I call my “Greatest Hits List.” It’s exactly as it sounds. On it, I’ll write down successes and accomplishments worth remembering. A really great job I booked. A big earnings day or week. A trip I took. The day I took delivery of my new truck. You get the idea. The good stuff. When I’m not feeling the creativity, I’ll review my Greatest Hits as a reminder to myself. I’ve accomplished all these things, and I did it by working in a creative field. Getting excited about what I’ve achieved and what I’m working to achieve can often make a spark.

Take One Step: Are you familiar with the term Analysis Paralysis? When we’ve got an idea we want to get started on, but we don’t until we figure out every last detail, that’s analysis paralysis. We get so caught up in planning and perfection that we never actually get started on what we want to do. Sometimes, I just need to shut myself up and take one step. That single step unlocks everything.

Refill The Tank

Just like we need sleep each night to re-energize for the next day, we can’t expect to continually draw on our creative tanks without ever taking time to top them back up again.

These work for me. What works for you? Comment below.

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Five Things You Can Do Today To Spark Your Creativity

A common misconception among voice actors, particularly those starting out, is that there isn’t much need for creativity in our part of the business. The creativity, it’s assumed, is up to the producers. The copywriters. The advertisers. You’re not wrong. Those people need to be creative.

So do you.

You need to get creative in your marketing. Creative in your demos. Creative in your social media. Creative in your customer service. Creative in your web presence.

Five Things You Can Do Today To Spark Your Creativity

creativity-colored-pencilsPersonally, I don’t have a natural inclination towards creativity. Not like some people I know. People who can’t keep up with all their ideas. I envy those people a little bit.

It’s not uncommon for me to sit for hours on end trying to come up with creative ideas or solutions to problems and walk away no further ahead then when I started.

So I needed a new plan.

Here are five things you can do right now to spark your creativity.

Leave Town: For a day. A night. A weekend. A couple times a year I take off for a weekend. I lock myself in a hotel suite and just dream and brainstorm and plan. And it’s amazing. As soon as I get away, I can’t write my ideas down fast enough.

Read A Book: I love picking up a good book. Something about business. Something about marketing. A bio of someone successful I admire. Often times I keep a notebook with me. Ideas almost always start flowing when I read.

Retail Adventure: Maybe it’s just me, but I can’t help but feel creative when I go to Ikea. When I’m really in a rut and need a quick creative boost, I’ve got an Ikea about a half hour away. As I walk through the store I always feel energized.

Stop Stifling: One of the biggest blocks to creativity is when we stifle our own ideas. Don’t stifle those ideas! Expand on them. Let your mind run wild and free. Brainstorm them through. Nothing is off limits. You might be surprised where it takes you!

Try A New Space: When’s the last time you grabbed your laptop or a notebook and spent a few hours in a new environment? Maybe a local coffee shop. A picnic table in the park. A quick change of scenery for an hour or two can do wonders.

The more ideas you have, and the more you work them through, the bigger your business will become. The more successful you will be!


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A Simple Challenge To Stretch Yourself

It’s Monday. A new week. A new beginning. The hope and potential for new opportunities. Sometimes, though, in order to seize those new opportunities you’ve got to do new things.

If you always do things the exact same way, you’re always going to get the exact same results. Click to Tweet

Get Outside The Box

think-outside-the-boxI’ve got a simple challenge for you this week. Try one thing that’s totally outside of the box for you.

  • If you’ve never cold called a potential client before… do it!
  • Audition for a type of project you’ve never auditioned for before.
  • Never made a video demo? Make one.
  • Been avoiding a particular social network? Sign up.
  • Got a marketing idea you’ve been scared to try? Try it!
  • Never wrote a blog before? Write one.

Remember, this isn’t a pass or fail endeavour. Maybe you’ll see results, maybe you won’t. The idea is to stretch yourself beyond your comfort zone. It’s about trying something you’ve never tried before to get results you’ve maybe never been able to get before.

It’s about creativity.

About getting outside of your head and your boundaries.

About experimenting.

About challenging yourself to step out of your comfort zone.

It’s about doing something new so something new can happen.

Let me know what you try and how it works. I’d love to hear about your experiences!


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Make Creativity A Priority

How much time did you spend this week…

  • Sleeping?
  • Auditioning?
  • Watching TV?
  • On social media?
  • Reading?
  • With your kids or family or friends?
  • Marketing?

How much time did you spend this week being creative? 

Make Creativity A Priority

creativity-quoteCreativity doesn’t happen by accident. And let’s be honest, we work in a creative industry.

Creativity is infused into every aspect of your voice over business. Your demos. Your auditions. Your website. Your marketing efforts. But, like anything else, creativity needs to be cultivated.

If you don’t plant seeds, your garden will never grow.

If you’re not making time to pursue creative endeavours and outlets it might be time to re-evaluate your priority list.

QUESTION: What do you do to cultivate your creativity?