If you’re like me, pretty much anywhere around the world at this point, you’re probably stuck at home in isolation or self-isolation (quarantine), trying to keep the world around you safe, and also going mad from not knowing what to do with your time, because as a creative you probably have a lot fewer jobs and assignment. So you’re like “what can I do in this weird time period?” Maybe that doesn’t apply to you, but that’s pretty much me in this situation, so I compiled a list of 10 things a creative person can do while in isolation. Primarily for me, but maybe you can use them as well! You can watch the video here:
- So I’m going to start with the first one, which is personally my favorite, and that is Learning Something New, right above traveling somewhere, because traveling also includes a lot of learning. It can be learning a musical instrument, learning a type of new artwork, learning to do something with your hands – DIY, handyman work, things like that. It’s proven to be a great boost to your creativity, so search the internet for what new things you can learn and dive right in!
- If you’re not into learning new things or don’t think you have the motivation to learn something completely new, maybe you can practice inside the sphere that you already do regularly, but maybe pick an aspect of that you haven’t tried so much. For example, if you’re a photographer like me, maybe you haven’t tried product photography or making flat lays, or experimenting with lighting, or maybe you have a drone and you can throw it out of your window and have it fly around the neighborhood and see what cool shots you can get… of course depending on the regulations in your country. Maybe you’ve never done a timelapse, so just put your camera on your balcony when it’s sunset and see what happens.
- One thing that I’m ashamed to admit that I have not done in a long while is to update my portfolio. My portfolio on my website is probably 2 years old, and when someone asks me to send my portfolio I just compile some of my most recent work and send it to them. It’s a great time to actually update that and have a functional online portfolio that anyone can look at at any time. You should do that too.
- You hear a lot of YouTubers and photographers about this, but it’s still not as popular as it could be, and that is stock photography and videography. Yes, photography is kinda a saturated market, but videography is a pretty new thing. There’s a site called BlackBox, they’re awesome, you pretty much upload your footage and they send it out to a whole bunch of stock sites. So if you’re the type of person who archives all their filming and things like that, then this is a perfect time to go through all your archives – pull out the footage that can make it onto a stock videography site, and then later down the line you just might sell it and make some profit off of it. There are tons of people whose primary income comes from stock videography, so it’s definitely a topic worth exploring – since you have all the time in the world.
- If you’re not into selling your content, but you do publish it on social media – maybe it’s a time to step up your Social Media Game. So if you post a photo on Instagram three times a week – this is a great time to dig into your archives – maybe do a relapse and start posting five times a week. If you one youtube video per week, maybe you should try making two youtube videos per week. Even if you will not be able to continue with the regularity after this period of weird time is over – it is definitely bound to help your growth in a way.
- If you’re the type of person who doesn’t like social media so much and is struggling with marketing your art – maybe it’s a great time to experiment with building a social media account. If you already have one – maybe you post to Facebook and youtube, but not Instagram, or you post to Facebook and Instagram but you hate TikTok – maybe it’s a great time to experiment and find out the potential that each platform absolutely has. Hint: go to TikTok.
- If you’re not the type who’s into social media at all, then maybe you can look into alternative things like starting a blog, podcast, or mailing list. They are great funnels for sharing your work and marketing if you’re into that kind of thing, and it’s a great alternative to social media.
- Speaking of blogs and podcasts – it is also a great time to open a new side business, whether it’s related to your art or not. There are tons of online things you can do like drop shipping or selling a digital product- which doesn’t require much capital to start up, but has proven to be a great source of income for a lot of people out there. I have been pushing this off for a long time, but maybe it’s time to start digging into that and planting the roots for what might potentially be my business.
- Here’s another one I’ve been pushing off for a while, and that is compiling your old gear (like my mini dolly). I bought it, used it for one or two events, and it’s been on my shelf ever since. Compile it, take pictures and put it up for sale, because with all the gear you can sell, you can probably buy a newer and better piece of gear that you’ll actually use.
- And the last one, which is very general – and that is changing up your surroundings – whether it’s painting your wall a different color, moving your furniture around, building a desk as I did over here a little while back – and that has been proven to get your creative juices flowing, to maybe help you create something new in the sphere you generally work in already.
Those are some of the things that I’m planning to do in the upcoming days of isolation. I hope it is beneficial to you too! Since you have all the time in the world – why don’t you go to my Instagram where I post photos of what I do in isolation (or not in isolation – I went out into nature the other day, which is the next best thing.. I guess?) And believe it or not I am also on Tiktok! Where I post behind the scenes videos and attempted videos.
Thanks for reading! See you.. some time 😀