Post, Photography and Video by Rain San Martin
If you identify as a Goth (or Gothic), Alternative, or Bohemian there is a good chance you are living an artistic lifestyle. You will find that you are likely to produce more work, make an impact, and are creatively expressive when you live out a series of habits. William Morris made it his life work to reform society through the Arts and Crafts movement, and you to may have a special calling which is untapped.
Here are a few disciplined habits of The Artistic Lifestyle:
Habitually create art and set clear goals.
No matter your circumstance find a regular time each day or week that you work on your craft. Don't buy into the "Jack of all trades, master of none" myth. Think of the renaissance, where multiple disciplines of study and creative expressions were celebrated. You don't have to draw or paint, yet you'll want to find your medium (or mediums), whether it's music, writing, sculpting, interior design, film making, DIY projects, jewelry making or working as a traditional homemaker. Work toward your goal, "A dream with a deadline." Feel the satisfaction of progress.
Be apart of creative clusters in person or online.
Throughout history writers and inventors have met together to discuss their creative ideas. You can do so with a goals club, mastermind group, or class. Alternatively there are fantastic ways to engage with other creatives online. If you're a YouTube creator, Etsy shop owner, or Blogger you can easily comment on others work. Careful of social media sites however as they can quickly take time away from your creative work. I made a video titled Why I Deleted All of My Social Media Accounts
which explains some of these time draining pitfalls.
Developing your creative persona can be one of the most fun forms of expression. It will reinforce your identity as a creative, while simplifying your wardrobe. You may also choose to reinvent yourself! Perhaps you live a vintage lifestyle or your modern yet artsy.
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Husband Sage San Martin at The Embassy Theater, Fort Wayne, IN - 2014
Go to museums, concerts, and theater.
These events will increase your cultural literacy. You may very likely become inspired to work on your medium. Also go on "solo" artist dates to fill up your creative well, as suggested by Julia Cameron of The Artists Way.
Spend a large portion of your time unplugged.
Write in your journal. When we allow for boredom, we are making time for contemplative introspection. Never before in history has humankind had more distractions available at their fingertips. Discipline yourself to live as much of your life unplugged as you are able. A time-traveler philosophy will help you to see the benefits of merging the best of the unplugged past with intentional use of technology today.
You can also view my video The Artistic Lifestyle here. Have a creative week!