Hello. My name is Andreea and I am a creative person.
It’s a bit like a confession for me to say that. This is not an AA meeting, but the feeling is the same.
I’ve started a new journey into the world of Creativity (with a capital C because this is the real world, with amazing people with great skills, international recognition and incredible knowledge).
My decision to go for a Creative Producing MA came from my coaching sessions with Catriona, a lovely passionate coach who took me on a journey of self-discovery that I fully embraced.
Coaching is not for everyone. At the beginning, it sounds as an ambiguous process where a stranger asks you very personal questions and doesn’t give you any solutions. Few of my friends who did it found it too much for that point in time and felt like they were going in circles during their sessions. I think a lot of it has to do with the connection you establish with your coach. If you find empathy with them, and trust, then you’re off to a good start.
The main things I’ve discovered about myself were:
- Being vs doing: I’m a doer. I find tasks and complete them (or make them up and complete them) and that gives me a sense of accomplishment. However, the part I don’t always consider as much is ‘being’ and what influences my approach in my day to day tasks.
- Fun, travelling & exploration motivate me and make me move forward. They’re just as important to me as my other goals
- Ambition, change & openness: I love to have honesty in my work and a common goal that everyone respects and values. Social change is my main motivator.
- Environment: Where I am plays a huge role in how I am. A creative environment pushes me forward, challenges me but also inspires.
Although one of my main actions I set for myself as a result of the coaching was to take the time off to go to Bali and just be for a few weeks…that hasn’t happened yet.
What has happened is that I’ve come away with a sense of adventure in my bones. And this sense of adventure made me step into the world of Creative Producing.
It’s a much more work-focused adventure, but it has the same feeling of fun and inspiring environment.
At the moment I’m fighting my inner demons that tell me that I’m not creative enough to call myself a Creative (notice the big C!). My definitions of Creativity are being challenged every single day and my misconceptions about myself and others, skills and experience, ambition and failure, are in constant change.
I’m slowly but surely finding my place.