I have learned to redefine what I believe a creative person is. It is not solely about the label of being a “performer”, “musician”, “inventor”, or “sculptor”. As one’s identity relates to creativity, it has less to do with an actual title and more to do with an active state of doing creative work.
A creative person performs music every day. She works on developing a new invention on a regular basis. She has designated times to work on a current sculpture or 3-dimentional concept. He is constantly tweaking a new business plan or marketing strategy.
A creative person is actively engaged in the work and craftsmanship of creating.
To settle on a label such as “artist”, “singer”, or “strategist” is to be passive. We are all more than what any one word could encapsulate. This is why I think of creativity as a constant state of movement and innovation.
I make this distinction because I get asked all of the time what I like to do. For the most part, I tell people that I create art through music and visual media every day. I stay away from using labels, and I choose not to limit who I am and what I can or cannot do.
I know that labels help everyone else understand, relate to, and conceptualize what I do, but first of all, it is not my responsibility to help everyone do that. Secondly, I can be intentional about describing the work I do instead of just giving a label.
Creativity is a way of life. A fluid mindset. A flow of movement.
This perspective and small pivot in how I perceive myself keeps me more open to limitless possibilities as a creative person.
Creativity is in the doing. The being will always be secondary.
If any deeper explanations are needed, your creative output that you actively work on every day will speak for itself.