[Wednesday Rambling] The problem of expressing general creativity as a talent

I apologize upfront, this post is going to be very cathartic.

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In my hunt for new employment, I’ve been looking around at design and concept jobs, mostly because I figure having ideas is a key requisite for such things, and boy, do I have ideas!

Except, I don’t have any concrete expression of my ideas. Nothing that I can point to and say “See look, I really am a creative individual” I mean yeah, I write and I’m good enough at that to be accepted into an MFA program, but no one in the real world cares about writing unless you’ve been published with a reputable publication or house or your someone famous writing a blog. Every job I’ve looked at wants a portfolio of some kind and I just don’t have one. It’s not like I’ve got anything to show for all my creativity beyond this blog and a couple posting on some forums and galleries–none of which is really anything to be proud of.

What it comes down to is this: On paper, I look very bland and there is no real indication of the creative person behind the resume’. I look like someone who just happened to get through college by luck and sheer force of will. Although I suppose that’s really what happened its also not all of who I am. However, it isn’t like you can put down worked ‘three jobs simultaneously while still going to school full time just to have a roof’ or ‘Didn’t give up when everything was going wrong’ with a straight face. So instead of being able to put down character strengths, my resume’ is pretty much blank. I have no clubs or other academic things, because I didn’t have the time. I tried. I really did, but I had work most nights and classes all day and then I got my current job and pretty much switched to only being on campus at night for classes. In a very real sense, Aug 2009 was when I stopped going to college as a student and started going as a professional.

It doesn’t help that I haven’t really written anything since my rejection from Stonecoast in October. Yes, I did get in not two months later, but I still haven’t really healed from the blow to my creative drive. I sort of feel into this spiral of ‘Well I guess mundane average life is all I’m good for’ and even trying to climb out of it only reinforces it. It probably doesn’t help that I spent much of my day hunkered down over a laptop where chat boxes are my only contact with people. I don’t go to work any more, due to having moved, but it wasn’t like I went to work before either. What started out as a job with a fair number of co-workers became a 10 hour day with no one to talk to and only my thoughts as company. Which is why I’ve been looking for employment, to break the spiral. I just don’t want to end up in another job like this one.

Anyway…without a physical representation of your creativity and ideas, how can you prove to employers that you are indeed a creative individual?

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About Trevor Gulley

Trevor Gulley is a writer, cartoonist, and gamer. He works full time in the IT industry and judges Magic most weekends.

Posted on 04/26/2012, in Slice of life, Wednesday Ramblings and tagged , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 4 Comments.

  1. seanlanefuller

    What sort of job are you looking for that would list creativity as a top asset? There are a lot of kinds of creativity. What kind are they looking for? To prove you are creative, I would recommend you target the type of creativity they are looking for. One way to show general creativity without a portfolio would be to show it in your resume. Maybe a video resume, or a web site. Hey, I’ve got an idea, how about a singing telegram resume. I’ve never heard of one of those.

    • The jobs I’ve been looking at most have been web apps or user experience kinds of things. You know something that a hybrid Comp Sci and English degree would be good for. I suppose my biggest detriment is I am woefully behind on what you can do with HTML5 and CSS3

  2. Talk is cheap. I learned this the hard way when I first graduated from college and started looking for “big boy” jobs. No matter how much creativity you may possess, people want proof of some sort.

    For instance, I have a friend who does a lot of game design stuff in his spare time, but he does not actually showcase his work anywhere beyond his personal amusement. He also likes to claim he is a very good game designer, but from an outsider’s perspective this is a hard pill to swallow. Again, talk is cheap. Proof is valuable.

    The way I see it, any little bit helps. Be proud to show the work you think is presentable, whether it is writing or something else.

    Take this LoL champion I designed for fun: http://forum.leaguecraft.com/index.php?/topic/37745-kiya-the-feline-of-fervor/

    I like to think the amount of effort I put into just the forum post alone reflects something about my personality/creativity.

    Prove to others that you are special! >^..^<

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