The Creative Unconscious: What's your name, age, and professional title? Where are you currently employed?
Gentri Lee: Gentri Lee | Founder of Foundation Magazine, Blogger, Makeup Artist, Stylist & Master Aesthetician | Self-Employed
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?
GL: I love to be outdoors. Camping, hiking, taking pictures, exploring historic towns and cities, they all seem to unlock the senses. Being able to use my senses in that way helps inspire me to be more creative, to think outside the box, and to see what the world needs.
TCU: Do you have a hard time balancing being a creative professional and generating personal work that you're proud of?
GL: The hard part is having enough time and energy to do all that I want to. My work has improved over the years, just as every creative professional I know told me it would (to the point where past work can be embarrassing), but even the old holds a special place in my heart. It all got me to where I am. I started out only producing personal work, just to get my name out there, just to show people that I had something to offer. And it worked. Eventually it became something I do professionally and that's important. But all the work I do, whether it's for someone else or myself, is personal. I put my heart and soul into all of it. That's the balance.
TCU: What time of day do you feel the most creative? What about the most productive?
GL: Sadly I have been a bit of a night owl for as long as I can remember. But I'm really trying to change that. The early bird really does catch the worm and I believe my work and productivity will increase one hundred fold by switching my personal schedule.
TCU: What are your creative goals for the future?
GL: I have so many... Growing my new online magazine is the biggest focus right now. It will really be more of an interactive lifestyle rather than just an online read. I can't wait!
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?
GL: I just moved into a house with one of my best friends and we have plans to decorate that place like a Pinterest board! We've been sending inspiration to each other for weeks and preparing to make that space a home.
TCU: Anything else you want to add?
GL: Some people don't feel they possess creative qualities, but that is simply not true. As human beings, we are all innately blessed with the power to create. We can create LIFE for goodness' sake! Creativity comes in all forms. My mother is fantastic with arts and crafts, sadly, I did not inherit that gift. Some people are excellent gardeners, I haven't ever really had the opportunity to try my hand at gardening. Others can tell stories in a way that makes you feel like you were there, that you experienced it yourself. We are all blessed with creative power, it's just about finding your own strengths and pursuing what you love.
You can catch up with Gentri's lovely online magazine, Foundation, at www.thefoundationmag.com.