Creativity is a process. Creativity requires skill. Creativity involves risk.
In recent years, there seems to be a belief that there are big creators and there are small creators. Generally, the category that you fall into is based solely on the number of online followers you have. The #NoSmallCreator movement, which was started by influencer Cody Wanner, wants to put an end to the myth that there are big vs. small creators. All creators do the same thing: pull ideas out of their heads and drop them in a public forum for their audience's pleasure and/or scrutiny. Every creator has an impact on those who see their artwork, regardless of the medium used to create it. It is important to realize that while the number of one's online followers can be fickle, the process a creator goes through is not.
The creative process, regardless of who the artist is, involves realizing they have something to share, planning how to share that idea, CREATING it, and finally sharing their creation with the rest of the world, typically in some kind of online format these days. EVERY creative endeavor is a big deal. It doesn't matter if the artwork takes the form of video games, photography, sculpture, video, music, creative writing, or whatever. Creativity is an intimate look into the artist's innermost thoughts and feelings. For many of us who are creative, coming out of our personal protective shells is not an easy task and accepting criticism is difficult to handle. Doing so requires a lot of bravery. So, this is no small feat, especially for high school students.
So the next time you create something and share it with the world, remember: you ARE having an impact on someone, you WILL improve from the feedback you receive, and you are not a small creator regardless of how many people see your creation.
For more on being a creator, check out this short video from Cody Wanner in celebration of the unofficial #NoSmallCreator day:
I am a high school Career & Technical Education (CTE) teacher located in Durham, NC with a focus on game art and design. This blog provides a place for reflection on relevant classroom practices.
The views and opinions expressed in this blog are solely those of the author and do not represent those of my employer or anyone else associated with Durham Public Schools.