Welcome to today's edition of "the creative process". This post is an interview with Sean Wing. Sean is the designer and founder of the August App. It is an app that allows artists to share their work, tell stories, be creative, and interact with one another on a platform that is easy to use and inspiring to look at. If you haven't heard of it, you should go check it out and give it a try.
Although I have never met Sean, I am so inspired by what he does. To have the dream or idea, put in the hours and money, and more hours, and then to see a dream come to fruition in such an amazing way is truly inspirational. Here's the questions I asked and answers he provided:
What does creativity mean to you?
Creativity is the expression of ones imagination. For me, creativity is a product of my dreams and the medium for me to reshape my world. It allows me see the life with a unique and powerful perspective.
Why do you create and what is the importance of creativity in your life?
I create out of conviction and passion. I am a daydreamer, addicted to the products of my imagination and the delusions of possibility. As the cornerstone of my work, it is the signature to everything I do.
What is your camera and lens of choice?
iPhone. I’m no photographer, but I love to document life around me as a photojournalist.
When in your life did you decide that you had to do something creative?
There was no defining moment. I just pursued life, continually creating, building and executing on ideas and opportunities with my unique set of skills, passions and drive.
What jobs have you had over the years in order to make money while you pursued creativity?
I was lucky enough to have built a profitable agency that provided me the capital needed to pursue the development of August. While I’ve never taken a paycheck from August, we do have investors that finance the company. Every once in awhile, I’ll consult for companies to aid in personal cash flow. But overall, the key to it all is my frugal nature. I’ve amazed myself at time with my ability to stretch a dollar.
Who are 2-4 people/creatives/artists in your "line of work” or otherwise that you look up to, or are inspired by? Where can we find their work?
I find myself inspired by men of industry and science, particularly those pre- the digital age.
If you could go one place in the world for a week, all expenses paid, where would you go?
I’d travel to Paris for a week of studies at Le Cordon Bleu. That doesn’t sound to shabby.
Where is your favorite place in the world that you have been to?
Internationally, it would be Austria. Domestically, Wyoming.
Describe your aesthetic/style:
What’s your go-to coffee order?
Black coffee on a cold day, cold brew on a hot one.
Where can people find your work?
How can you encourage someone just starting out?
Everyone has ideas, but what separates you from everyone else is your execution of those ideas. Surround yourself with people much smarter than you, and persevere, persevere, and persevere to turn that idea into reality.
-- Thanks for reading this edition of "the creative process". As always, I want to hear from you. If you have questions, suggestions, ideas, lets talk!! Also, if you or someone you know should be interviewed for "the creative process", please send me an email or post a comment! I want to get to know you and share your creative process with the world. Everyone is creative, but somehow we are all different, and I love learning about the way each and every one of us creates something and why.
Y'all are the best!