Blog to support the book "Creatively Self-Employed: How Writers and Artists Deal with Career Ups and Downs" by Kristen Fischer

Thursday, September 10, 2009

(photo by karen walrond) from Kelly's blog

I've been thinking a lot about something that Andrea told me. I had responded to one of her posts about time away with her girlfriends, and how I wanted to know how she forged those bonds. She directed me to a post by Kelly Rae Roberts about how they created their "tribe."

Finding a support system is hard enough; but finding people who understand who we are creatively is a huge struggle for many of us, including me. It all seems to easy when it's blogged about and there are pictures of people collaborating on art. But even those relationships had to get their start, and in Kelly's situation, they simply started online.

I really want to find a group of people like this; the hardest thing about it is that it takes work. Like anything else. Like all adult friendships.

I don't have children so it's hard for me to meet adults at playgrounds and PTA meetings. But even if I did, I doubt they would be creative individuals who take time to nurture their souls like these women do. What gets me about Andrea's group is that they all see the need for this nourishment and will take time away from their family and kids to lap it up. That makes for a balanced person!

How have you formed your own creative groups? I would love to hear from you!!!

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Blogger Rebecca commented at 5:26 AM~  

I really sympathise with you on this.

Along similar lines, I see people involved in small mastermind groups that find it a fantastic support for their personal and business growth. But how to find the right group of people, with similar motivation and values?

I've suggested elsewhere that someone should start up an entrepreneurs online 'dating' service to help people get hooked up with compatible buddies.

Someone replied that it wouldn't work, those kind of relationships develop best naturally with people you meet - well, that makes it a lot like dating because you can go a long time before meeting someone who's right AND also manage to find someone who's interested in the same sort of relationship.

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