It’s hard to pursue a creative career.
And it’s even harder when you live in a space that doesn't support you;
where you feel like people are silently judging you,
or perhaps, just aren’t conscientious of your need for creative space.
I currently live in one of those spaces. I'm a college student and I still live at home - which is great for saving money, but bad that I have to be around family members who don't support my music. Growing up in that environment, knowing that I wasn't supported, I was constantly anxious of playing out in the open.
I remember having to play really quietly in my room in the middle of the night or having to sneak off to the cold, dark basement to write songs.
Just thinking about it now makes me feel really tight and claustrophobic. Heck. I’m even clenching my teeth.
I think all those years of having to sneak off to write music really drilled into my subconscious that writing music was something to be ashamed of.
That I was something to be ashamed of.
But that changed 8 months ago when a friend recommended that I make a creative space - a space where I could write music and truly be myself.
I took her up on it, and I decided to convert my basement.
I completely cleaned and vacuumed the room (and spider webs), and then made the space more cozy.
I bought curtains and hung them in the middle of the room to create a smaller space. I also bought a heater and a couple of floor lamps.
Finally, I made a mini-stage for myself with my little PA system and an old mirror to practice in front of.
Although I was not completely done setting up the room, I had already experienced a huge shift!
I fell to my knees and started crying.
I NEVER KNEW HOW MUCH I NEEDED THIS.
I NEEDED MY OWN SPACE.
MY OWN TERRITORY.
Since then, I have been spending A LOT more time down there.
I now feel safe creating and that is HUGE for me. I feel so much more confident, professional and established.
And I have discovered that I am not alone in my experience. I have come across stories of other creatives needing to have their own space: an author writing a book in her closet, or a songwriter writing songs in an empty parking lot.
Wherever it happens to be, I am now a firm believer that we all need a creative space!
And if you don’t have one already, I highly encourage you to make one! :)
So now I want to know:
If you already have a creative space, tell me about it! What do you love about it?
And if you don’t, where could you make one and what would it have?
Please comment below!