How to be Inspired. Always. / by Simeon Smith

You don’t need fancy gear, a purpose built studio, the right weather and a full moon to be inspired.

You don’t need fresh ideas, positive vibes, and the praise of peers to be inspired.

You just need to go to work.

Picasso said: “Inspiration exists, but it has to find you working.”

So get at it.

1.       Carry a creative tool with you everywhere. No, your phone or laptop does NOT count. I carry a film camera with me everywhere, or if I’m on a train, I take my tenori-on. Having something to hand always reminds me that I’m on this earth for more than survival.

2.       Switch off your phone, switch off your wifi. I am weak. Chances are, so are you. I can’t even read a book these days without being distracted by ooo… shiny! I wonder what’s on Instagram. My hands do it automatically. Even when I’ve left my phone on purpose, I still reach for it. I was with David last night, and he called his smart phone “crack cocaine”.  Yup. It’s that bad. Disconnect from the world, and reconnect with… oh that was about to be cheesy. Thanks for stopping me.

3.       Collaborate. However inspirational you find stuff, art, music, nature, it’ll be better if it’s shared. I’m lucky enough to live with my best friends. I work on art at least once a week with someone else, and I could see this as time that is taking away from me making my own art, but it inspires me so much. Also, without collaborators my palette would be seriously limited. They introduce me to new sounds, new ideas, new instruments.

4.       Be kind to yourself. Take a shower, go for a walk, grab a coffee, sit outside, eat healthy food, phone a friend, get comfy. You can be blindsided by inspiration anywhere, but sustainable inspiration comes from a place of wellbeing.

5.       Slow down. Count your victories, not your frustrations, maybe today you took just one photo, maybe you recorded just one harmony. Maybe that’s enough. Start looking at how much you’ve accomplished this week, this month, this year, not how much you’ve done in the last half hour.