Really, that’s true. When you alone have the ability to make something amazing by tapping into your creativity, just imagine multiplying the same effect. Just imagine multiplying your imagination and creativity n times. And that’s exactly what collaboration brings you, it gives you the opportunity to multiply the imagination and creativity that you get to put into your work. It’s like adding multi-core processors to your PC. And that, is definitely a superpower, don’t you think?
And not only that more creativity is brought into the drawing board but also each person belonging to the collaboration gets a lot to learn from working together. And that’s a big bonus, right?
And to top it all off, collaborating with other artists gives you the opportunity to reach wider audiences, here – the audience of the other artist. What else does an artist want right? He/she wants to serve his art to more and more people.
But of course, there are few cons to a collaboration. Mainly, during any collaboration, there will be some creativity/ideas compromised by each member of the team/band. And sometimes you may also feel frustrated if the band you’re currently working with is not suitable for your type of mindset. But I think if you just let that little ego for a while, you’ll have an amazingly creative work produced via that collaboration.
And anyway, the pros of collaborating very easily beats the cons of the same. So, I encourage every artist to seek to work on collaborations as much as possible. This not only gives you great quality work on your portfolio but also increases the quantity of work you produce per year. And the more quantity = the better quality work you can produce eventually because of what you’ve gathered through the journey because you’ll now be able to apply what you’ve learned from doing those 10 projects to one of your own projects. And that is incredible just to think of! Isn’t it? So I really encourage you to reach out to an artist that you feel you are comfortable working with and pitch an idea for a collaboration.
If you are thinking – ” Why should I ask him/her?”, or ” what if he/she thinks that I don’t have other projects that I’m working on”, then your ego has already started eating you.
But no worries, as I always say, once you realize/get aware of your weak spots, you can heal them.
Remember collaboration is not about you, it’s about the art. Creativity itself is not about the artist, it’s about the art, it’s about serving people with what you’ve been given by the creator. Where’s the space for your ego there. There’s no space for ego in Creativity. You already know the quote – art is greater than the artist, why not practice it!
Go ahead, ask one artist you love to work with. Do as many collaborations as possible and that itself will bring massive collective growth to the artist’s community. And of course, more art is served to people. What else do you need? I hope you take action immediately!
Sanath Kumar Naibhi