Today, the amazing YouTuber, Steve from The Lawn Gnome, is stopping by to talk creativity! I first met Steve a few years ago when I was really starting to grow my YouTube channel. Not only does he have an excellent YouTube channel where he posts videos about movies, TV shows, music, books, and more, but he has done so much to cultivate a real sense of community among YouTubers. There is no one on YouTube that is as supportive and encouraging to other YouTubers as Steve is. I am so excited that he’s taking the time to share thoughts on his creative process with us.
So here you go, everyone. An interview with The Lawn Gnome!
What is your main form of creative expression?
I would have to take a look at the last 27 years of my life when I first wanted to try and improve my drawing skills. I would have to say my form of creative expression is just getting any idea, image etc. on to a tangible source as quickly as possible. Even some of the simplest things as a doodle or a creative line even on the simplest things like a post-it note, the idea is there and ready to be expanded upon. A well-thought phrase can turn into a poem and simple sketch can be the start of a series of drawings or even the basis of a story. You always have to start somewhere and when the so-called creative hamster starts running on his proverbial wheel you just need to lock it down and secure it to make sure it doesn’t get lost!
Do you work as an artist/creative full-time or do you have a different day job?
My profession is data analytics basically a professional organizer of data in simpler terms however, there is a great deal of creativity that needs to be used for the sake of creating ways to transform data sets into understandable reports for people to use. When I tell people especially in the YouTube community about my line of work they can’t seem to believe it because to them it sounds so boring. It’s quite surprising how using creativity can be put to good use in a field like that.
How long have you been creating music/books/plays/films/etc.?
I have been a YouTube going on 9 years. I always loved talking about popular culture, but I always wanted to get my voice out there to strangers rather than just discussing these things with family members and friends. I find such a drive to find people who think differently about things that I love because I have to know why they feel that way and vice versa. I feel that the variety of voices that you have based on a single element gives you more incentive to learn more and grow.
How do you handle the pressures of creativity being your job? Or how do you find time to be creative if you have a separate day job?
In regards to my job, it is all about going back to see what you have done and of course getting the input from your team. At work, you are not the only person who’s voice matters so you have to find common ground and be willing to listen to all those you work with in order to create a complete end result.
In terms of spare time, that is always a challenge and where time management really is a something that needs to be utilized. I always jokingly say my secret is because I sold a portion of my soul to the devil in my sleep but, in truth, it is about knowing what needs to get done and planning it all out in a calendar. By doing that, you can locate what I refer to as time pockets. They could be a matter of minutes or hours, but when you find them and you want to get creative things done it is those pockets where you decide that your time to be creative can be utilized.
Do you engage in any additional creative hobbies? Are there any you’d like to try?
I use to have so many hobbies but, there are many I had to sacrifice for the sake of making sure that errands are run and important tasks around the house have to be done. Not to mention making sure time is set aside for spending it with my wife. But I would like to get back to drawing because it has been about a year since I last did so. I would also like to learn how to play tennis because any chance I can get exercise in is always fulfilling.
Who are some other artists and creatives that inspire you to create?
Why do you create?
I create because it makes me happy. I love to share my projects and ideas with others and the more I share the more I strive to get better at what I enjoy.
What advice do you have for other creatives?
Never give up. You are always going to have challenges to overcome. The only way to advance in your skills is to practice and make mistakes along the way. Also, never be ashamed to ask for help if you are struggling.
What are you working on now?
Currently, I am wrapping up another year on my YouTube channel and taking a 3-week hiatus however what I am very excited about is my newest project on my channel which is my live stream monthly talk show called Sunday Sit Downs. I bring up all kinds of topics from popular culture to YouTube content creation and networking and even politics. I feel that everything needs to be brought to the platform but, at the same time, it is also about showing my subscribers new content creators they can find and watch their work as well.
Where can people find you and your work?
You can find my YouTube channel at this link
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I am always willing to talk so please let me know if there is anything I can do to help! I don’t have the answers to everything but I will do my best.
Thank you for letting me pick your brain, Steve! Your advice to other creatives is spot on!