Mark on Creative Partnerships

You may not be the type of artist who enjoys to working alone or you may feel like you need to partner with a like-minded creative in order to fulfill your creative or professional goals.

Think twice.

It’s not that partnering is a bad thing — in business ventures — but when it comes to your creativity and your art I urge you to learn to trust your own instincts and invest in the time to work alone so you can develop, move, grow, experiment, fail, and succeed by yourself, and at your own pace, before you hitch your horse to somebody else’s wagon or their hooking to yours.

While there are benefits to working with a partner — inspiration, healthy competition, brainstorming opportunities, a share of the workload and costs —Partnering with a fellow creative out of fear, insecurity, lack of motivation or some twisted sense of obligation can significantly hamper your process and creative self-esteem. Partnering up before you know who you are artistically, before you can stand on your own inspired two feet, before you are confident in your technical skills and creative vision can be a disaster.

All partnerships require compromise – in spades.  So what would motivate you to willingly compromise your creativity and inspired passion, the very essence of your being?   It’s not that it’s wrong, it’s just food for thought . . .

In your heart you already know what you want to do. You know what you have to do to get started. You are already well aware of what you need to do to succeed.  Understand that no amount of partners can lift you and take you where you cannot already go alone.  

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3 Comments on “Mark on Creative Partnerships”

  1. Pat K
    June 21, 2011 at 7:49 AM #

    When I get “lonesome” and think about partnering with someone, I make a list of the positives and (perceived) negatives of the other person’s working habits. I usually end up continuing alone. I’m getting old and too set in my ways to accommodate another person’s wants and needs (I’m selfish).
    When I get to feeling really lonely, I sign up for a class in something….anything…. that sounds interesting or different. It gives me a contact with like-minded, creative persons for a finite period of time, with no long term personal commitment. When the class is over, I go back to doing what I love, alone, but refreshed and sometimes with new ideas and goals.
    Works for me.


  2. June 21, 2011 at 11:31 AM #

    I totally agree with this post! Our business is a partnership but we each have our own background in art and our own styles that were pretty well developed prior to our business. It has been a good working arrangement because we each do our own thing yet share some things in common.


  3. l menefee
    June 23, 2011 at 6:28 PM #

    I’m too ornery to work with anybody else…; )


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