Balticon 47 Wrap up – Part 21, Multi-Creatives

by Doc Coleman on October 21, 2013 · 2 comments

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At long last, we have come down to the last episode of the Balticon 47 Wrap up. We hope you’ve enjoyed the long journey to get there, and that you will likewise enjoy this final episode. For our last episode brought to you from Balticon and Swimming Cat Studios, we bring to you the last panel from the New Media Track at Balticon 47. This panel is entitled Multi-Creatives and it is an examination of why some artists are drawn to create in more than one media, how they manage it, and why they continue with it.

The panel for Multi-Creatives features P.C. Haring, Renee Chambliss, Christiana Ellis, myself, and our lovely moderator, Starla Huchton. Each of us entered the realm of the multi-creatives for different reasons, but we all have many similarities. For one, we keep doing it. For another, despite all the additional work, we enjoy the creative challenge of telling our stories in different styles and formats. We each have our own favorite parts, but we tend to see projects as a multimedia whole instead of separate parts.

The big challenge in being a multi-creative is managing multiple projects. Rarely do we have the luxury of working on just one thing at a time. Even if we do have such an opportunity, it usually doesn’t last long as some new shiny idea comes along to lure us away to a new project. So we have to have strategies for keeping projects moving forward in multiple media, and avoiding the distractions of the next idea long enough to complete the current idea.

There are some advantages to working multiple projects at the same time. For one thing, it helps keep things fresh. Instead of getting bogged down with a single project one can chase your creative energy in a few different directions and switch off to something different when you need a fresh perspective. One does have to learn not to try to juggle too many projects at the same time, however, or you can quickly find that none of them are making any appreciable progress.

And sometimes one project has to be sacrificed in order to move another one to completion. So it is very important to learn to wisely choose how you invest your time.

We do apologize for the audio quality of this recording. There is an electrical hum on the original audio files that we were unable to eliminate. We tried to cut it as much as we could, but we were unable to do much without destroying the quality of the voices.

Enjoy the show!


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