The saying goes, "there is no I in team." And thank God. As a business owner and a freelance artist sometimes the last thing I want to do is to have it all rest on my shoulders. More so. Over the years I've had the opportunity to act as a collaborator on a number of incredible projects, and I can honestly say, collaboration has saved me from myself. Working alongside another creative is one of the best adventures I can recommend. Shared energy, excitement, and responsibility has given me the guts to try a whole ton of new things and take on projects that I would have never braved alone. We are truly better together and for me, collaboration is where the magic happens.
If you are new to collaboration, or wondering where to start, the possibilities are endless. And all around us. A community garden is a collaboration. A book club. Band. Mountain Biking team. Not all collaboration invovles a direct pipeline to our work. In fact, the best collaborations stretch us beyond our comfort zone and share the weight of new territory with our collaborators.
I'll share three different collaboration based daily practice ideas with you today, along with a more standard These Three Things prompt related to collaboration (it includes a super surprise). All ideas can be mixed and matched. Carried on consecutively, or out of order. Just start somewhere.
1. I see your text and raise you...this is fun! I already have a few friends I do this with, but by far my favorite and most lackadaisical collaboration text chain is with my friend Tree. We simply send Simpson's clips and quotes back and forth. That's it. The collaboration happens when we follow each other down the rabbit hole and one clip leads to another. The patterns are fun and it all makes us laugh. A collaboration doesn't need to be more complex than this.
2. Virtual collaboration. There are about a million ways to collaborate in a virtual setting, and now's a super fun time to give it a try. Whether it's art, yoga, music, or a podcast, seek out your people and team up. Don't be afraid to reach out. Get in touch with a clear idea and see who is game. It takes a little planning, but once everyone gets their sea legs, things begin to unfold in the most incredible ways. Try Instagram ,YouTube, Blogs, Podcasts, Facebook. The list goes on and on. Honor your social media platform, or it you are like me, the one you detest the least and have some fun.
3. A word a day. This one is super specific, but really fun and a great exercise for writers. Get together as a group of friends or just a team of two and exchange a word a day. Maybe a sentence or paragraph is more your speed. Either way you approach it, what you are essentially signing up for is collaborative storytelling. Writing together lifts the mood and takes some of the self-criticism off the table. Stories can take a hard pivot, introduce new and unforeseen characters. Even include a dance break. Give it a try and see what unfolds.
Interested but still want to see how it's done? I've got a great little collaboration beginning tomorrow with the incredible Charlotte Hamilton of @blueshineart! For the upcoming 100 days project, we are offering a series of daily writing, sketching, and photography prompts. We just put the list together and it is so much fun! Write, sketch, sketch from my photos, or participate with images you capture yourself. Follow along with both of us and use #100daystayathomeproject. I am so excited to see what we all create together. Maybe you'll meet someone you want to collaborate with?! See you out there!
What did you learn today? Join me by using the #thesethreethings and commenting below with your own These Three Things. I want to hear what you are learning, laughing about, and living through.