Your Timeline is Nonlinear
I think that a lot of people make a mistake when it comes Thio. They're sort of overall arc of their career, your creativity in thinking that it's going to be linear, that what you are doing is going from one step to the next step to the next step, and each one will build on itself, and eventually you will get to the top of the mountain because you've put 1 ft in front of the other. But of course, as we know from life in general, careers don't work like that. Art doesn't work like that. You will very, very frequently think that you're moving in a forward direction and then find that you were walking the wrong way the whole time. And you have to backtrack and you have to find a different thing to Dio. And this is natural because humans don't know what they're doing, like ever, And I will make this point several times because I really believe it. I have met people who I think are at the top of their game, people who are so professional and so amazing, and only to find that they don't rea...
lly know what they're doing either. and equally I have met people with no confidence. You think that they have no idea what's going on, who blow me away with their philosophies. So you never really know where you are on your timeline. A timeline on Lee works as a timeline when you're able to look back at it and you will always be on it. So never assume that what you're doing right now is the epitome of all the things you're going to do or the bottom of what you're going to dio. It's just a moment in time. So your timeline is nonlinear. See it that way. You can see it is a circle if you need to. If you're like a visual person and you're like Brooke, I needed a line. I need to see something here. You could make it a circle, Okay, but either way you were on a journey, and it's not going to be 1 ft in front of the other the whole time. It's gonna be an ebb and flow. And the problem with ebbing and flowing is that people quit that when you're in an ebb, you think Okay, I'm at the bottom, You know, I was riding the wave. Now it went down. Things are bad for me. And when you talk Thio, you know people own small businesses or people who do art of any kind and you ask them if there are in a creative slump, how much more willing are you to quit when you're in your creative slump than when you're at the top of your game? Of course, you're going to want to quit at that point when you're at your lowest. And I'm not trying to say that there aren't reasons to to pivot and shift and things like that. But this is when people start toe fail if you want to call it that in their artistic journey because they think that that failure defines the rest of their timeline. But it doesn't. Conversely, when you're in the flow, people become complacent, which is exactly what I'm describing. In the middle of my journey so far, I became really complacent. I thought people like what I dio. I'm finding success with this. Why should I push it any further? Why should I do something else? Why should I do something that will rock the boat and spill my followers over the edge so that no one is supporting me. And the problem with this up and down throughout your artistic career is that you either become addicted to the flow or you become depressed by the ebb and it happens, and it happens to everyone. But here's what I want you to think about. The timeline that we're talking about this squiggly, weird, dotted line whenever you want to call it of your journey is is it's time on a line and you have set that timeline for yourself. We go into our careers and our creativity, and we give ourselves deadlines. We say, Okay, I'm gonna in one year I'm gonna make this much money in one year. I'm gonna find the success in one year. I'm gonna do this. And I think that's great to set those goals, to have those moments in your mind where you want to achieve something. But if you don't achieve it by that time, you have to remember that your timeline is arbitrary, that whatever timeline you have put on yourself, whatever constraints you have put on yourself that is arbitrary. You did that to yourself. Nobody else is asking you to do that. So never ever see a missed deadline as a failed deadline. They don't exist. I think that in our timelines we have to consider wealth. And I talk about wealth because, ah, lot of people fail to see their timelines is wealthy. And when I say wealthy, I mean a few specific things. One might be money, one might be support, one might be re sources. And there are certain situations, periods of our lives, different circumstances that take away that wealth that we perceive or don't perceive in our timeline. So it's up to us to create it by giving to other people when we can, by supporting other people by being a resource for other people. And in my experience, I found that when I give wealth to other people, I received wealth in return. And that's why I think that wealth is such an interesting thing to think about in the journey of your own timeline and how you start to think about your journey. When you think about wealth as something that could be exchanged, then you will be more open to receiving it and toe letting that in. I have talked to a lot of people who are afraid of wealth, who are afraid of money, who don't think that they're worthy of those things. But the more you start to give it to other people, the more you find your own worth in those experiences of giving. So I want to encourage you to think of wealth as something that is a currency that you can give and you can receive, and that you are worthy of seeing wealth in your timeline in all periods of that timeline.
AFTER THIS CLASS YOU’LL BE ABLE TO:
- Beat “creator's block” by practicing exercises to help you overcome it
- Conceptualize a series that nails story, emotion, and connection
- Execute a low-budget, high-impact photoshoot for your series
- Edit your images for series cohesion and seamless compositing
- Brand yourself and your art into a story that others can connect with
ABOUT BROOKE'S CLASS:
Creating a fine art body of work can be daunting when you consider that a great series has innovative ideas, cohesive editing, and an undeniable connection to an audience. During this class, Brooke will walk through the entire process of creating a fine art series, from conceptualization, shooting, and editing to branding and pricing. The success of a body of work comes from the artist’s ability to go beyond the connection to an audience; it must land in the heart of the viewer and then instill a call to action within them. Brooke will lead you through not only how to make your work relatable, but how to take that extra step to become unforgettable, and ultimately, sellable.
WHO THIS CLASS IS FOR:
- Intermediate creators who want to focus on personal work and find a deeper level of creating.
- Creators who not only want to tighten the cohesion of their work but ensure that the full depth of meaning is communicated.
- Artists who want to learn simple yet effective ways of creating a body of personal work.
Adobe Photoshop 2020 (v21.2.4) and Adobe Bridge CC 2020 (v10.1.1)
ABOUT YOUR INSTRUCTOR:
Brooke explores the darkness and light in people, and her work looks at that juxtaposition. As a self-portrait artist, she photographs herself and becomes the characters of dreams inspired by a childhood of intense imagination and fear. Being the creator and the actor, Brooke controls her darkness and confronts those fears.
After studying films for years in college, she realized her love of storytelling was universal. She started photography then in 2008, excited to create in solitude and take on character roles herself. Brooke works from a place of theme, often gravitating toward death and rebirth or beauty and decay.
Ultimately, her process is more discovery than creation. She follows her curiosity into the unknown to see who her characters might become. Brooke believes the greatest gift an artist has is the ability to channel fears, hopes, and experience into a representation of one's potential.
While her images come from a personal place of exploration, the goal in creating is not only to satisfy herself; her greatest wish is to show others a part of themselves. Art is a mirror for the creator and the observer.
Brooke's passion is storytelling, and her life is engulfed in it. From creating self-portraits and writing to international adventures and motivational speeches, she wants to live a thousand lives in one. She keeps her curiosity burning to live a truly interesting story.
*This course contains artistic nudity.