Keeping Creative in Lockdown
Brand strategist and creative mentor, Naana Orleans-Amissah, led a session on keeping creative in lockdown during our third mentoring session of programme 7. Hear from mentee BritnyV on the answers she got from the workshop.
The session with Naana was therapeutic as well as timely, not only for me but for the other people in the session, especially during this time of uncertainty and confusion. Naana took us through several questions which the group discussed and pondered on. She created an interactive session, using pen and paper to share our ideas and thoughts which made us feel close, despite being so far away.
As a group we looked at exploring what creativity is, what it looks like to be creative, how we can keep things fresh and magnetic in lockdown.
The responses were refreshing and enlightening for me to receive. The few answers included:
Another question Naana directed at us which I had given little thought to was how do we overcome the challenge of pressure? Since we’re young creatives trying to break into the industry during a global pandemic, we can tend to put unnecessary pressure and stress on ourselves that isn’t helpful or productive. Some responses echoed the above but here is a list of the answers for this specific question:
To finish we discussed what it means to stay connected in a time of uncertainty and dismay. We noted that being honest about our feelings is one way to stay connected with others and most importantly ourselves.
Slowing down is another factor that can harness the intimacy of connection and nurture that connection. In a time of social distancing, it’s still very important to stay connected and communicate with those we love and make time for the people we cherish. One way to invest in this is by being present. Diverting from the habit of rushing and enveloping ourselves to a place of stillness, rest and attentiveness.
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