The Creative Unconscious: What's your name, age, and professional title? Where are you currently employed?
Paul Martinez: My name is Paul Martinez. I’m 26 years-old and I work as a freelance writer and photographer. I also founded The Modern Day Explorer, which I dedicate the majority of time to.
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?
PM: I enjoy to get out and explore, which may sound cliche as the Founder of The Modern Day Explorer, but it’s when I’m most inspired. When I'm surrounded by new experiences, scenery and sensations I find that that is when I feel the most alive.
TCU: Do you have a hard time balancing being a creative professional and generating personal work that you're proud of?
PM: I honestly don’t, or not right now at least. I’m fortunate enough to do what I love for a living, so for me it’s all relative. I’m always striving to improve as a writer and photographer, so when I’m creating professional work I know it’s contributing to my growth, which in turn helps me produce better personal work.
TCU: What time of day do you feel the most creative? What about the most productive?
PM: I’ve always felt the most creative late at night, when the majority of people are fast asleep. It’s when the noise and clutter of the day are long gone and I’m free to just dive deep into my thoughts. I’m definitely the most productive around midday till late afternoon. It’s typically after I’ve had breakfast, gone to the gym and listened to my favorite podcast. By this time I'm hyper-focused and dedicated to whatever tasks I have ahead of me (like this interview).
TCU: What are your creative goals for the future?
PM: As a creative I really just love to create. I can go on and on about ideas that I plan to develop but at the moment I’m really focused on growing my website, The Modern Day Explorer. I want to inspire those who's position I was once in, working at a job that was increasingly unfulfilling and empower them with the tools to get out and explore.
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?
PM: I’m currently in the process of developing an intro to photography course for beginners. I believe that photography and exploring directly align with each other, because it’s ultimately what allows us to share the beauty that is out there with others.
As far as the process, I try to start with the basics and build from there. If I encounter issues on the technical side, I seek advice from those with the knowledge.
TCU: What scares you?
Franklin D. Rosevelt once said, “The only thing we have to fear is fear itself.” I believe this wholeheartedly and I hope to never be so scared of fear that it actually holds me back from doing something. It’s one of the scariest and most powerful emotions and if it’s not overcome it can be paralyzing. I’ve seen it with my own eyes.
TCU: What does success mean to you?
PM: I believe throughout ones life we encounter many successes, both big and small. But ultimately, if I can provide for my loved ones while doing what I love than that to me is the greatest success imaginable.
TCU: Anything else you want to add?
PM: I really just want to thank you for allowing me to contribute to your awesome community and I wish you and your readers lots of success!
If you want to find out more about Paul and The Modern Day Explorer, head on over to www.themoderndayexplorer.com.