Being A Creative Isn’t A Sprint

How often do we read a new social media post, that makes us question our worth, as an artist, due to it’s content? A lot. We see what others are seemingly working on, which always appears to be much more than us, instead of realising it’s quality, rather than quantity, that should be our main aim (easier said than done).

We are our own boss as creatives and we might not always feel like it, but we are also our own product. We are the only ones, that can build our own career path in the Arts. Of course, collaboration is vital, but we need to focus on ourselves and what works for us. Perhaps, learning lines for one show, worked well with one method, but for another, you need a totally different approach.

We shouldn’t be hard on ourselves and our progress, as every project is different. One new play might flow and another might be bursts of inspiration, followed by sitting eating snacks and watching a box set. Be true to yourself, this is you unwinding and having some Me Time.

Why is Me Time so important? It gives us time to obtain whatever we need, be it time to think, or to rejuvenate. This time is vital as a human being, as well as a creative. Giving ourselves space to unwind and remember what makes you tick, is what we all need.

Have a beautiful day and be kind 💜

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Nominations Open For The 2018 International Achievement Recognition Awards

Nominations for the UK’s fifth International Achievement Recognition Awards (IARAs) are now open to the public until Monday, 11 June 2018.

Renowned for celebrating outstanding talent, pioneering initiatives and hard work within theatre, music, TV, film and fashion, the IARAs continue to champion diversity, inclusion and equality in the competitive world of arts and entertainment.

Founded in 2014 by Helen Imuaphe, the awards programme provides a fair playing field for all, acknowledging role models and rising stars who have excelled within their creative industries irrespective of race, age or gender.

Imuaphe commented, “Every year the IARAs go from strength-to-strength and I am proud of our new generation of leaders who are embracing the awards. Our aim is to propel the UK’s pipeline of talent to new heights and continue to motivate and inspire the next generation.

‘The IARAs are inclusive at every level, and for the very first year we are offering apprentice schemes to students and graduates seeking experience in stage and event management. They will be able to assist IARAs production team in the planning of this year’s awards ceremony and gain an industry recognised qualification upon completion.

‘Following the huge success of the awards last year I am looking forward to expanding our operation for 2018 and encourage anyone who knows a great arts and entertainment talent to nominate.”

Upon nomination closure on Monday, 11 June 2018 the candidates who receive the most votes will comprise the awards shortlist. Public voting will resume on Tuesday, 10 July 2018 for approximately one month until Monday, 13 August 2018, at which stage the votes will be counted and the winners announced at the awards’ gala dinner and prize giving on Saturday, 22 September 2018 at the Hilton London Canary Wharf Hotel.

For further information on the nomination process, to book tickets and to find out more about the IARAs please visit www.iara-awards.org.