A couple of weeks ago, I went down to Valdosta for a few days. On my way out of town, I stopped by a did a few interviews with Albany CEO. The guys over there know me pretty well, and they know that I love to read. So, the asked me about some of the books I had read that would be helpful for people in a creative business. Hands down, my number one recommendation to anyone business owner in a creative field is Creativity, Inc. by Ed Catmull*.
The Albany, GA community has been very good to me, and I try to be very good to it. In addition to doing everything I can to improve the visual presentation of my clients, I try to be involved in community service opportunities as well. I don't say this to toot my own horn; I say this to preface the fact that we live in both a local community and a global community. I am a citizen of the Albany area, but I am also a citizen of this world. It is my desire to "give back" (if you will) to this local community. It is also my goal to reach beyond this local community to other parts of the world.
Creative Freedom is a term that gets thrown around a lot. In the artistic and advertising worlds people tend to talk about creativity and freedom as though the words are more or less interchangeable. "Be creative with it" one might say. "You've got complete freedom here." At best, the assumption is that when we are free to do what we want we are creative. However, creativity and freedom do not mean the same thing, and they don't always go together. In fact, I think many times the two realities can be rather antithetical to one another. It almost makes the term creative freedom an oxymoron—almost.