Creative Chat with Jenn Antonio

My name is Jenn! I’m from Winnipeg, one of the coldest cities in Canada. People think we live in Igloo’s but really, just a house! I’m 21 years old who has a passion for many creative endeavors! I’ve been a magician since I was 7 years old and have run the family business for 15 years! I love dance and music but my biggest passion is art! I’m specializing in graphic design, starting to run my own art shows and creating a blog for artistic emerging artist! I also have a crazy passion for fitness :) Thus, I’m a go getter that basically loves to pursue life to it’s fullest!
 

1. Quickly introduce yourself to us. Who are you and what do you do?

My name is Jenn! I’m from Winnipeg, one of the coldest cities in Canada. People think we live in igloos but really, just a house! I’m 21 years old who has a passion for many creative endeavors! I’ve been a magician since I was 7 years old and have run the family business for 15 years! I love dance and music but my biggest passion is art! I’m specializing in graphic design, starting to run my own art shows, and creating a blog for artistic emerging artist!  I also have a crazy passion for fitness :) Thus, I’m a go-getter that basically loves to pursue life to its fullest!What are your creative passions? What do you just love to dive into and get lost in?

2. What are your creative passions? What do you just love to dive into and get lost in?

I have many creative passions; these are all of them with number one being at the top!

Portrait paintings. I love painting people. There’s something about capturing another human that I can’t explain. I’m really into the complexity of mastering human details. I literally got lost for hours trying to figure out the lighting and composition and I never realize it.

Face painting. As part of my entertainment business, I do tons of face painting!  It’s one of my favourite features I offer in my packages! I always get really into detail and speed. When I have a lineup, I’m always excited because I have a challenge of creating wicked designs in a certain time frame, for a certain amount of individuals. When I’m done, it always feels like ten minutes

Graphic Design. I am trying to specialize in graphic design at school. This career choice fascinates me because I am able to work for myself and add it on to what I do currently. I always get into on how I can help improve a company's branding. The business aspect of graphic designing it quite appealing. You need to pick certain colours and limited of images to represent the company as a whole. It’s very fun to see how graphic designers come up with so many cool ideas. In order to achieve so much in a small logo, colour scheme, etc... is all about planning and communication. This is my form and getting lost; planning the branding.

3. Why does creativity matter to you and how do you make time for it?

Creativity is a part of me. It’s the only aspect of my life that has allowed me to do what I love. I want to do so much and in so many odd and weird ways. In order to achieve that, I need to look for creative solutions to get there. For example: How can I make some extra cash with my skills? Solution: Add face painting to my entrainment package and get paid a couple hundred per show.

 

Creativity is a part of me. It’s the only aspect of my life that has allowed me to do what I love. @JennAntonioArt (<<< tweet that!)

 

However, creativity isn’t all about money. It’s also just expressing you. Understanding your well-being and creating your interpretation of the world. I try to have my own time of just creating and seeing what appeals to me.

4. What does your creative process look like?

Because I have so many creative projects, I create a schedule! It’s intense but I need to. These are my steps to make sure I get as much creativity in as possible

  • I evaluate my year to see what creative projects I want to do
  • I look at my projects by month, week and day
  • Once I created a schedule, I time block and focus on my creative projects
  • I record my success and failures
  • Every morning, I meditate to focus and calm my mind so I can get ready for new projects

5. Sometimes, creatives are stuck or blocked and struggle to create. Has this ever happened to you? What happened?

This has happened once. I had 3 projects due roughly at the same time. These were all art pieces. They needed to be done a week before. I’m usually pretty good at getting things done, but my brain froze. No new ideas were happening. It was pretty depressing considering I was only able to complete 1 out of the 3 projects. Nonetheless, I fixed this problem in the future by reducing my workload and traveling. Once I started to see what my city offered, my mind started to clear up a bit and I was more at ease.

Even doing projects that aren’t so creative help. This includes cleaning my room or watching movies. I found de-cluttering certain elements of my life improved those mental blocks as well

6. How did you push past this block and get back to creating?

I travelled and took time for myself. I started doing projects that didn’t relate to creativity. Just like the last question, I de-cluttered my life so I could retain more focus.

 

I de-cluttered my life so I could retain more focus. @JennAntonioArt (<<< tweet that!)

 

7. What advice would you have for other creatives who afraid to create or who struggle to find time, motivation, or inspiration to create?

Any creative person needs to realize anything is possible and you are capable of anything. There are so many resources out there that it’s easy to network and make connections fast. I recommend researching! This can include interviewing others, reading and following other blogs!

Also, depending on what you decide to do, you need to make friends in your industry or niche. USE SOCIAL MEDIA.  I met the greatest people on there, got a few magazine mentions, my first exhibition call from a famous gallery and a lot of my jobs on there!

I am not trying to brag, I only want to show you as a creative individual that social media is crucial. Learn how to use it. The ones I recommend are Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram and Google+.

Also, volunteer! Again, there’s many opportunities that come with this! When you volunteer, you see what your market is about and you get to meet people face to face. A lot of people start referring you or you get to be involved with some cool events! This will help your resume and experience!

Lastly, understand your WHY. For example: “I want to be an artist. WHY? Because it’s my dream. WHY? Because I am able to make a living off it. WHY?” Do this 20 times and it will give you the motivation you need. Once you understand your why, you will have so much fire and determination to be as creative you need to be.

8. Where can we find out more about you and connect with you?

Any emerging artist can visit me at www.creativeboundless.com. I am in the process of rebranding, though there’s enough content for an artist to grasp what I write about. I also offer guest posting for creative individuals who need a kick start!

Connect with Jenn:

Creativeboundless.com | Magic site | Twitter | Instagram | Facebook | Pinterest | Google +