As artists and creatives we thrive off of energy, at least I know I do. Sometimes we can be our own worst enemies and talk ourselves out projects we want to do, want to come back to, or have almost given up on. I've been on this end of the spectrum, holed up in my editing bay whacking my head against the wall on my third cup of coffee. When there is no one around to talk through the details of a project, it can start to become extremely daunting. This is why working out of shared spaces can be a life saver for some creatives, like myself. Let's take a look at what benefits come with working in a shared space.
A Place for Ideas
Going back to the point I was making in the first paragraph. When you are in a creative shared space you have an abundance of people at your fingertips. They are going to be your best places to pitch your ideas and vice versa. Go in and start conversations with everyone, they are probably just as curious about your projects as you are theirs. You'll be surprised at how quickly your network grows.
Honesty is the Best Policy
Just over a year ago I started freelancing out of a company called We Make HEART. When I went there I knew no one and had been introduced to the founders via email. That aside, the folks and I hit it off quickly (going back to point one) and we built a relationship. Within that was the policy of "unsolicited advice" which is where the owner would come around to everyone and ask what they were working on and give you his honest opinion on the project. He pulls no punches but is willing to get his hands dirty.
Take this into the same shared space, don't just go around picking everything apart, but ask questions. It's the best way to get honest answers from other creatives.
Now that you've introduced yourself, met a few people, and hung out outside of the shared space. It's time to start collaborating with the folks you've met. Keep in mind, not everyone is going to be a photographer or videographer. I've met folks who are CnC machinists, break dancers, interior designers, and brand strategists. I'm sure you'll find your fair share of people you never thought possible. Now that you've met them take advantage of your new working relationship. Sit down and be honest and come up with a project you can both work on. As the old saying goes, "two heads are better than one."
More and more of these places have started popping up all over cities across the world. Some are more well known, like WeWork, and then there tend to be some more local shared spaces. So, have you ever worked out of a shared space, what was your experience like?