Tensions: The Paradox of Freedom and Creativity

Concentrating our efforts on one area often results in a decline in freedom in one or more others.

We’ve all heard of the ‘starving artist’. A person who has sacrificed financial reward for artistic integrity. That’s an example of someone who has prioritised their mental freedom over developing economic practices compatible with their ideals. The opposite is the ‘sell out’. Someone who has sacrificed artistic integrity for financial reward.

While these stereotypes might be the most familiar, there are tensions inherent across all the areas of this model. Financial and organisational woes often create pressures on your temporal freedom. This results in a decline in the time you can devote to your artistic practices – and vice-versa.

If you are too regimented and rigid in your organisation, you may not have the ability to enjoy your physical freedom, in spite of the strategic practices you’ve developed. And once again, the opposite can be true, too. 

The Creative Freedom Model

Living as a Free Creative isn’t about ‘having it all’. It’s about finding a balance between these freedoms that works for you. A ‘middle way’.

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