‘Tis the season for Awesome

I don’t care about the gifts under the tree. I’m looking forward to see what awesome new projects and ideas that come to me when I take time to reflect and celebrate the year. You too may find yourself celebrating or reflecting, or both. Hello 2016 but first a quick rundown on 2015.

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The idea of creating CCMTL as a community of artists, photographers, and creative entrepreneurs came in those moments of reflection a couple of years ago. I love the holiday’s for the break from work and the quiet moments to reflect.

What a year 2015 has been. At each monthly Brunch we filled the house with those who wanted to meet leaders in the industry, from photographers of every stripe, to brand specialists, to financial wizards. These intimate and friendly brunches gave people up-close-and-personal access to professionals working in the creative fields.

Imagine if you wanted to have coffee with a busy photographer, or a marketer and started making cold calls to set it up. Would you have time to do all those calls? Would you know what to say to make it interesting for them? Would they give you hours of their time? You could do all that work or you could just follow our facebook page events or listings on the blog, then show up. Easy peasy.

We Made it Work, Thank You.

A very big thanks to you who showed up, who participated, who make our community bursting with creative energy. So many talented people with so many great ideas, dreams and aspirations. Together we can go further than each can alone. This is the basis behind Creative Collisions MTL.

We are photographers, jewelry designers, travelers, videographers, graphic designers- but also more than that. We are parents, lovers, dreamers, adventurers.

 

We believe we deserve to pursue activities that bring us joy, inspiration and well deserved financial rewards along with that.

Our biggest challenge is taking our talents and abilities and monetizing them into viable products or services. School doesn’t teach us HOW to do this. At most you may have taken a class or workshop that quickly covered the elements of a business plan, but then what?! How do we go from today to the sparkly future we want? We start today, we seek out like minded people to inspire us to “Go for it”. That’s why you are here, aren’t you.

See the Forest and know where to go

Over the last couple of years, topics that comes up again and again, are:

  • How do I break-in to desired job
  • How to organize my day from distractions
  • How do I build a habit of a creative practice
  • Am I pricing my work competitively
  • Where can I find clients that pay
  • How to promote myself and where
  • How to show up on social media
  • Do I have what it takes to create a business
  • …the list continues.

Pick the thing that’s the most troubling for you and chances are it’s the same for many people in the same boat as you. Figuring out how to navigate the path toward creating your own career on your own terms takes the right mindset and the tools and strategies that work. It’s not enough to be a creative genius if nobody knows about you.

Has this happened to you? You watch too much CreativeLive and ignore your creative work. You listen to webinar after webinar on marketing, client referrals, branding, yada, yada, yada. and are left with a bunch of notes that don’t really help you but try to sell you their products. I know how it feels; it’s like you are lost in the trees. Too much piecemeal information and not enough cohesion.

There is no shortage of information in this internet age. Yet without a way to make sense of it all that is tailored specific to your goals it’s easy to feel lost. “You can’t see the forest for the trees”.



Getting to the NuB

You know what a nub is? A nub, defined as the essence, the core of something. Getting to it!

When you don’t finish a project, or don’t follow-through on a warm lead or hear yourself saying the Coulda-Woulda-Shoulda ( I could have, I would have, I should have), then that means there is something holding you back. If you can figure out the nub of THAT, you can achieve anything.

Here’s your chance to get to the nub of it. Stop being held back by muddled thinking, unclear goals, time sucking tasks and find ways to leverage your talents, grow your client base and earn more money.

Start the new year with intention, with passion and purpose.

And to help with that, CCMTL is forming Creative NuB’s. Rhymes with hub, a focus of activity from which ‘good’ things revolve. It’s a small group that meets at regular intervals to talk about their challenges and successes in their art and business. The groups are formed in a way to encourage synergy based on your career stage, your life skills or even enthusiasm. In joining a NuB you will find accountability partners, solutions you may not have thought of and non-judgemental ears to bounce-off  your ideas. The creation of these NuB’s further reinforces that together we can go further than each can alone. 

Want to get in on the action? Click on the button below to take you to the sign up sheet.

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Yes, get me started

If you signed-up,thank you! Now we get to work to forming groups to get the best synergy. We will also send you more information on how it works, the timelines, and all the details of what you can expect so you can be sure this will benefit you.

If you are not quite sure, please sign-up anyway and you’ll get a personal call or visit to go over all the details. You are not committed by just signing up. Go for it!

 

Have a wonderful happy holiday with your friends and family.  Many joyous celebrations and perhaps a moment of reflection on where you are right now and how 2016 can be even more amazing. Let’s do it together.

xoxo

 

 

 

 

 

 

You are a Pie….wholly delicious

By Susanna Oreskovic

Welcome to Creative Collisions MTL and welcome to 2014. In this first post, I wanted to give you a backgrounder on how this blog came about and what you can expect to find here. You can find more about me on the What’s this all about page.

How this blog came to be:

Over time I have come to realize that many people are either creative, or want to be more creative. The ones we call talented are those that can successfully balance their creative expressions and channel it into a means to make some money, that is, make a business of it.

Just as much as I believe that every single person is creative (more on this later) I also believe that pegging ourselves as Right Brain or Left Brain types is a dumbing-down simplification that fills headlines pages on the internet.

Creative Collisions MTL came to me at a time when I was looking to find ways to share my business knowledge and develop my creative expression, primarily through photography. From others I sensed there was some mystique about knowing the sides of a ledger just as much as there was, for me, a sense of mystique about knowing how the creative and art world worked.

A taste of what can you expect to find here:

PieI love analogies and baked goods, so today I will start with Pie. You are a Pie! You are not a piece of pie but a whole pie, wholly delicious.

With all this talk about Left brain and Right brain we might think we are doomed to always be flawed. Never feeling good enough on the left brain side to think we can handle the analytical, pragmatic and sometimes routine side of business or never feeling good enough on the right brain side to think we can be the expressive artist or creative genius that we feel deep inside.

My mission is to debunk this myth, to prove that we all operate from a whole brain perspective, that you can learn ways to become more creative or imaginative or decisive or logical or any number of things. There is no flaw in you or the type of brain you think you operate by because like a pie, you are wholly delicious, talented, organized….etc.

The way to pie-dom

In showing you the way to being creative and business minded Creative Collisions MTL will bring to you the inside workings of business minded artists in a series of interviews. This takes some footwork so we are actively seeking people who would like to contribute some time and energy. You will reap benefits far greater than what you contribute. Make sure you go to the Contact us page to let us know your interest regardless of where you live.

We will also bring you teachable tidbits that you can use to become more creative, more business minded, more innovative….just more great information that you can use to move you toward your own goals and success. This may look like ways to get unstuck, or how to manage your workflow, or the dreaded interruptions we incessantly face every day. Living life is a challenge but living your best life doesn’t have to be. Stick with us and you may just be having your cake and eating it to!

Here’s to a delicious 2014.