Artfully Styled U: Seeking Inspiration | Jennifer Hulley Food Photographer, Hamilton / Toronto Ontario

 

What drives your creative force?

Everyone has something that gets the flow going. Something that helps them get into the zone, the flow, the mindset...

Music puts pictures in my head. As a little girl I can remember driving in the car with my Dad (the drive between our houses was long) and listening to his music play through the speakers in the backseat.  In my head, I could see movies that hadn't yet been created. 

Growing up, I would spend hours in my room listening to different songs, visualizing moving stories, scenes, people and images. Over and over and over again. I began to fantasize about being the person who was hired to curate the soundtrack for a film, because the music was integral. It instantly painted a scene in my head.  I would, and still do, geek out about the sequencing  of music along side visuals so that the story you were painting was exactly perfect. 

As an adult, I still do this. I still listen to music and paint scenes in my head.  And yes, I still geek out about selecting the perfect track for the perfect moment and sequencing the timing and pacing to be *just so*. Which is why I can spend hours creating slideshows and videos for family, friends and for business, sitting in the dark listening to a 10 second clip over and again  totally losing track of what time it is, where I am, if I am hungry or if I even need to pee.  (Maybe that's what they mean when  they speak of creative flow).  In fact the music selection and sequencing of images for a video to accompany another blog post about inspiration  took away many hours of my life (like an embarrassingly large number but filled my emotional bank account way  much  more. 

I have a very wide range of musical tastes. Just ask my Google Play Music history. One day I may be listening to Edith Piath and the next I'll be singing along (always secretly in the safety of my car) to Marian Hill. One of my favourite play lists is called "Grandpa's Naptime" and on the flip side I will always try to drop a 90s rap lyric into conversation if I can.  

 
Edith made me do it: A Parisian inspired image

Edith made me do it: A Parisian inspired image

 

Why is this important? If music is for you, as it is for me, a driving force for creativity, inspiration and ideas then by diving headfirst into a deep range of sounds I allow myself to "travel" to an indescribable amount of places. Maybe for you it's not music. Maybe its flipping through a magazine, or looking at art, or eating different foods. Whatever it is, variety is the spice of life and by broadening our range of inspirational experiences we can open our minds to letting in more creative thought, drive and ultimately work that will lead to happiness.  

I was recently on a trip to New Orleans where music is literally seeping out of the city's pores. Every step, every turn, every corner there is someone, somewhere just doing their thang, making music. It was mesmerizing. 

 
THIS GUY. Just doing his thing, loving every minute of it. 

THIS GUY. Just doing his thing, loving every minute of it. 

 
 
This group was a local youth band. They KILLED it. So so so good.

This group was a local youth band. They KILLED it. So so so good.

 

 And it made me realize that I've been in a serious live music drought.  Life lesson #957 of the year: make more time for music. Reach out, find it and soak it in. And then go back and create some of your own magic.  

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