Incentives for creativity

In order to succeed as an artist there is a personal threshold that must be crossed. It’s not associated with any kind of education or training. It has no initiation rite and you don’t get a badge or a shoulder stripe.

It’s simply a realization that creativity comes ONLY in the “doing” of the work. Ask any artist and you’ll immediately know who is doing the work and who is not. Thinking, dreaming and imagining are important but the tangible creation of art means actually creating a tangible work.

Of course, this is really hard. Successful artists build systems to make this happen because relying on willpower or having a simple rule doesn’t provided enough fuel. A lot of artists have personal incentives in order to get the machine running. I have quite a few, although none of them involve donuts but I could see how that could work for others.

About the author: I am Stephen Kennedy, an experienced photographer specializing in creating environmental on-location portraits and corporate photo libraries for blue chip companies.