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How to Stay Creative While You’re Stuck at Home?

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Jul 09, 2020
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Explore your creativity with live streaming so that you can stay creative while stuck at home!

The coronavirus spread has brought about some drastic changes in our lifestyles, especially for those who earn their bread and butter creatively by providing a service. Along with challenges, being stuck at home can also bring new opportunities for you to explore your creativity. In this blog post, we’ve gathered some tips on how to stay creative even if you can’t leave the house.

With many cities still on lockdown and others having to follow strict social distancing regulations, your creative freelancing might be on hold. For instance, if you are a photographer, musician, painter working on an exhibition, etc. Any event that draws large crowds is simply out of the question for the moment.

The only problem for us, creative types, is that “moment” could last for a few months. So, how is one to stay sane during this time when we are all forced to remain indoors for our own safety and of those we care about? That’s a great question and one that’s going to be answered here. Here are some tips that creative people can use to stay productive, even during the lockdown.

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How to stay creative while stuck at home?

Live stream your creative process

So, you like to sketch, paint, photograph, play music, or fill in the blank your creative activity. Now is the perfect time to share your talent with others who are just as bored as you. For instance, if you do sketches or photography, you don’t have to go out in the park or a waterfall to create that fantastic portrait. You can live stream your creative process from home!

If you are living with loved ones, then congratulations. You’ve got yourself some captive subjects for some portrait work. This doesn’t have to be something fancy or elaborate. You can keep your portrait sessions simple, capturing as many candid shots as you can. The idea here is to make each session fun, both for you and your subjects. You can sketch or paint during live streaming so that others interested can catch some tips and learn more about your process. 

Here are 30 live streaming ideas to get started!

Self-portraits

What if you live alone or the folks you live with aren’t interested in participating in your newfound hobby? Well, no problem. You are all you need. For many professional and amateur photographers, creating self-portraits is not just therapeutic, but is also considered the ultimate creative outlet. Since you are going to be your own subject, this is the time to get your creative juices flowing. Think of some new great ideas that you could use once the lockdown is lifted, and people start getting back to the old school wedding (read: not via Zoom). 

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Share Your Creativity

So, let’s say you are a photographer. You are probably used to creating scenes and poses with your wedding or event photography. Now that everything is in lockdown, one of the best ways of doing that is by simply turning to live streaming. You can do a live stream about answering questions for an interested audience. 

You can also start a live stream on the latest news, gadgets, and sporting events. Other options include creating a “how-to” live stream, or if possible, you can also review products. But, be sure to choose a specific niche first.  

Viewers love to see how-to videos and tutorials on their favorite creative processes, and you can create your own. You can combine recorded tutorials with live video interaction and deliver a dynamic experience to your audience. 

Revisit Your Back Catalogue

If you’ve been practicing your creative endeavor for a while, either as a professional or a hobbyist, you will have tons of sketches, canvases, photos, videos, and so on. Revisiting your back catalog will be an exciting way to see how your perspective and skills have altered through the years. You can then share your thoughts on the photos or video footage during the live stream. 

One way to live stream your previous productions is to use them as your virtual background, while you talk to the camera in a picture-in-picture window. 

Learn how to create your own virtual backgrounds here!  

Also, you can talk about your best creations and why they are your favorite. On the flip side, the shots that you might not have liked before, might reveal some aesthetic quality that you missed initially, and could open the door to a whole new world of techniques and creativity. You could just find some new appreciation for something you created years ago that you weren’t crazy about at the time. 

Show Your Setup

You can choose many topics for your live stream, but a great place to start is just to show your setup. You will be surprised by how many people think of starting their own live stream or YouTube challenge and don’t have a clue where to start. By sharing details on your setup, you can provide useful information to those who are thinking about starting their own live stream series or YouTube channel. 

Check out Professional Live Streaming Videos – 9 Tips to Get You Started!

Start a Blog

Again, this is a tip that could be used by anybody who is looking to keep themselves busy during the lockdown. Starting a blog is a great idea to share your thoughts and skills with others. Whether you express your creative side through photography or something else, you can always start a blog that you can use to share your thoughts on a particular subject, create how-to guides, or answer some of the most pressing questions that you had when you were first starting. 

Key Takeaway

There are many ways in which you can stay creative and sane during the lockdown. All you have to do is look around you to find something that piques your interest. The key is to keep creating and take this as a learning experience. Curiosity might expand your creativity far beyond what seems possible at the moment. 

What are you creatively exploring right now? Let us know in the comment section below!

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