Cari Schindler

The Creative Unconscious: What's your name, age, and professional title? Where are you currently employed?

Cari Schindler: Cari Schindler (but you can call me Bicks if you want), Age 24, Self-Employed Graphic Designer

TCU: What hobbies do you have outside of your professional field that keep you inspired and motivated to generate personal work? How do they inspire you?

CS: I like to do pretty much anything that gets me out of my comfort zone. As an independent contractor, often working from home, it's easy to get stuck in a rut of your own ideas, projects, solutions, etc. Experiencing how other people do things (not just design endeavors, but life in general) is always a big inspiration and motivation boost! Travel is the best example I can think of. I also find a lot of inspiration in other forms of art. A trip to the art museum, a well made movie, a solid new album, even a carefully crafted meal, are all ways I can learn from other's creativity and artistic expression. Also Pinterest. Always Pinterest. And Design Taxi.

TCU: Do you have a hard time balancing being a creative professional and generating personal work that you're proud of?

CS: It's not so much a struggle of balancing time as it is keeping momentum. When you're working on a project for a client, there's an urgency to it. Someone is depending on you completing this. If it's not perfect or you're stuck on a problem or you've just lost your muse, you can't just stop working and go watch Netflix. You have to push throught it because it's your job and it needs to be done. When I'm working on personal projects, it's hard to keep up that determination. So yes, it is a hard balance. Not necessarily of time, but of motivation and emotional energy.

TCU: What time of day do you feel the most creative? What about the most productive?

CS: Someone smart once said you should write drunk and edit sober. I think there's something to that. I often feel most creative when my inhibitions are lowered, either from lack of sleep or from drinks, or a combination, and especially if I'm surrounded by others who are in that same state. Of course all the ideas sound good at the time, and although in the morning "the shower toilet" might no longer sound like the greatest invention of the 21st century, sometimes those late night brainstorms produce valuable ideas, and then I like to make myself some coffee and get started on them. I'm most productive in the morning.

TCU: What are your creative goals for the future?

CS: Longterm, my dream is to have my own creative studio. I actually really like being my own boss, but I don't really dig working alone. A few other designers, someone to handle client accounts, our own space, our own projects, our own clients, that's the goal.

TCU: Are you working on any personal projects right now? If so, can you share a little bit about your inspiration and your creative process?

CS: I've started blogging more, and I'm trying to grow it into something of it's own entity, as opposed to an accessory on my website. I'm kind of stumped on how to do that, though. I'm learning to be more comfortable writing, so that's a good start! I want to start doing more design for the blog, though.

TCU: Anything else you want to add?

CS: I think this is a great idea. I love reading and hearing about what other creatives are doing and how they're doing it. We miss out on a lot when we don't share and support each other's work. Small projects like this can open up doors for greater transparency and collaboration in our communities. 

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