Creativity is a powerful thing. Being creative is seeing that game designer behind the computer creating worlds for the players to lose themselves in the game; or the director, directing actors in various parts of the scenes; or that music director directing their orchestra with a Mozart piece. I can go on and on about different careers people have dealing with the creative side of things, but I just wanted to show you some highlights of occupations that deals with a wide use of being creative.
I am at college right now pursuing a degree in the game design field. More so on the programming side. I always knew that I was going to be in a field that dealt with creativity; Be it video games, watching movies(Animator) or even music(Hello high school marching band). That wasn’t always the case, though. When I was ten, I was playing little league baseball. I always wanted to be a Major League Baseball player. I went as far as telling my middle school counselor that’s what I was going to be(Even though, she repeatedly advise me that I can’t major in sports). That didn’t work out, obviously(Should of listened, huh?). But, even when I was younger, I always found ways to create stuff. Maybe not with legos, but with stories. For instance, I would have power ranger toys or action figures and have friends over, and act them out in scenes. I knew that I wanted to create stories and bring them to the world. Gaming was my way.
Not trying to derail this article, but just wanted to give my accounts. I always had a creative side in me. Video games, movies and books were the best ways for me to express myself. I’m in this class called basic animation. Really, it is out of my league. It’s more on the artist side and if you have seen my drawings, you would laugh in hysteria. I won’t cry or get mad, because I laugh at them too. But, oddly enough, I do love the class. It brought something out of me that I have been hiding for so long; my love for telling stories. That and the planning stages. There’s an art in planning your game, book, or movie.
My problem was, that I would never plan. And if I do plan, it’s a few sentences here, a few sentences there. I was always in a rush to get to the main thing. That would leave me with a unfinished game and book. I’m now wanting to create a book, and is finding that planning is the key. There are some people that can make a game or book and rarely have a well written plan and can survive throughout the whole story….That’s not me. The planning stage is using all of my creative “Juices” in my brain to create a world so that the reader or player can get lost in. The same way I felt when I’m playing games.
I think that everybody have a creative side in them. Some just like to do other things. I think that parents that see their kids doing creative things should allow them to express it. Like that kid with the legos building castles or a city, he/she may want to become a architect. Or that kid who picks up a mic and start singing. You probably have a Grammy artist in your presence.
With me, I was always into video game and movies. It was always the stories and how the director and game designer designed them to make them funny and/or serious. It was awhile until I turn into a programmer. I do some other stuff like business applications, but I don’t get the same satisfaction with it like I do for gaming. I will always gravitate back into gaming. It’s just the thrill of it. I read heavily also. I know its a good book if I can loose myself in the world that the author has made. Even listening to music brings creative side to me.
In closing, creativity is all in us. It’s not something we should get rid of. There’s tons of professions that one has to use their creative brain. So, instead of locking it away, we should nourish it. You never know, you can be the next architect, Grammy winner, game designer, author, director…Should I go on?