I have some questions for you my friends and readers out there. The reason I have been blogging for so long–almost 9 years now–is the dialog with real people. I have prepared sermons, found places to visit and changed my thinking because of the encounters I have had with you. This topic is for us “creatives” out there.
Am I the only one? Sometimes a crowd will be moved magically by a phrase in a speech, a hook in a song, and the vibe in the room which all may work to enraptures the majority. I’m perhaps alone at times. I see other things that might not be quite as flattering.There are several reasons for this, perhaps. When you have been a speaker, a worship leader, and one who produces events on a regular basis, the magic of losing yourself in the crowd wanes. The behind-the-scenes life dodges hazards and dulls the senses. Or, does it? Some of us simply live as observants to a different layer of activity. Leaders see things others may not.
Many spend hours preparing their presentation, their set list of music, or the communication video reel each week only to succumb to the terrible, habitual blank canvass panic. This “blank canvass panic” (or BCP) experience raises your blood pressure and catalyzes the acidic wash inside your stomach. This is the empty page, the blank screen, the note-less and rhythmless song. Likely, you will recover. But, deadlines head toward you like a freight train on a mission.
I have put below ten strategies to help us creatives through the BCP. Better than breathing into a paper bag or bingeing on ice cream are some methods to calm the madness of your creative storm, Some anxiety should be celebrated and leveraged, but the tsunami production output is calling your name.
Because the establishment already has an idea of who they want and if you don’t fit their mold, you’re not getting in.
Because the establishment has leverage, a.k.a. money and platform, and that’s what you need.
Because the whole idea of just being yourself deludes you into thinking that they value you being yourself as much as you do.
These are the stark realities for you as a creative looking for a church job. I’m using the word job because that’s what it is: a job. This is not a family business, no matter what they say. You’re too new.
Dealing with snarky co-workers can be a trial. Creatives, who naturally are empathetic, feel the tensions everyone brings into the room. And, if you are an “expressive” creative that tension can be regurgitated back in…