I shared a video from The Working Women’s Club with my friend Lisa earlier today. The video is a promo for the online platform and features cool women mingling, networking and generally having a good time.
After watching the video, she commented that it looked to be “too creative of a scene” for her. This got me excited! As this is exactly the kind of crowd I yearn for. Cool, creative types. But Lisa’s comment also got me thinking, what does it mean to be a “creative type”?
Let’s explore further.
- Work. You definitely have to have a creative job to be considered a creative type. Writers, photographers, fashion stylists, boutique owners, musicians, graphic designers, visual artists, web developers, UX or UI designers — yes, even bloggers are all callings I’d consider to be creative. I would even go as far as saying yoga instructors can also be considered creative types.
- Lifestyle. I feel like creatives have such a different kind of day-to-day than us regular folk. For one thing, most creative types don’t have 9-5 jobs, grinding in an office cubicle. Most creative types are more focused on yoga poses or ordering an Uber than they are about RRSP’s. They wake up, check email, go to yoga, have coffee and free-run, organic eggs for breakfast before heading to their studio or co-share to work until the evening time.
- Network. Most creative types have a massively large network of friends, colleagues, co-workers, affiliates, tribesmen, community members, etc. As a reminder — I have 20 people on my Facebook.
- Social Life. Creative types always seem to have a jam packed social schedule. With such a big network, it’s no surprise creative types are always out and about. They get the best seats on every patio, they get invited to parties that aren’t even announced. They never pay the cover, and they’re always with the DJ. They never listen to popular music, but they always seem to know what’s up with Beyonce.
- Personal Style. For the gals — black roots, red lip stain, chunk bohemian jewelry. Black creative women types always have the best afros. The most luxe, brown, coco skin. White female creative women always seem to have the most perfectly imperfect arched brows with just the right amount of bushiness. No plucking or threading what-so-ever. Creative types are less into fashion and more into cultivating a unique, personal style.
- Tattoos. Creative types have them.
- Smarts. No matter what they’re wearing, what they listen to, or how late in the morning they wake up — creative types always seem to be well-read, articulate, cultured and highly intelligent. They read tons of books, get the news from online sources like Broadly, Onion, Dazed, and Vice, and are well-versed in political issues both local and abroad.
These are my thoughts on what I think it takes to be a creative type. I think I’m attracted to creative types because they seem far more interesting than office types. No disrespect to office types — but creative types are out and about during the day. They co-share office space and are always the ones that are the most flexible at yoga. They’re interesting to talk to at parties and they always have the best Ted Talk recommendations.
Maybe one day I’ll be a creative type.
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