Role of a Creative Director: Relax and Head To The Shower

Rest is important as a response to burnout for obvious reasons — moving too fast with too many projects while overwhelmed with stress, is something that can’t be sustained.

Role of a Creative Director: Relax and Head To The Shower
Resting in this way does in fact recharge us — recently a “mini-Sabbath” version of this kind of rejuvenation has been discovered in our creative circles. Scott Kaufman recently found in his research that 72 percent of us “get our best ideas in the shower.” His study highlights the importance of relaxation for creative thinking, and the study provides a microcosm of Sabbath behavior.
Role of a Creative Director: Relax and Head To The Shower
Resting in this way does in fact recharge us — recently a “mini-Sabbath” version of this kind of rejuvenation has been discovered in our creative circles. Scott Kaufman recently found in his research that 72 percent of us “get our best ideas in the shower.” His study highlights the importance of relaxation for creative thinking, and the study provides a microcosm of Sabbath behavior.

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The role of a creative director in a church setting can be repetitive — the seasons are often marked by specific liturgies, traditions, rituals, and the goal of being “creative,” within a context that repeats and recycles themes year after year. As a result, it can lead to frustrating patterns for creatives to embrace.

Take yourself off the hook from having the expectation of a brand-new idea every week.

If you are nailing it every season, fashioning brand new ideas and interpretations of the greatest story ever told with each passing year, then chances are, you are close to burnout. It can be difficult to manufacture energy at that scale. On the other hand, coasting on a previous year’s success and settling to make traditions out of your best, but aging, ideas can lead to boredom. Sure, it works, but it worked last year and the year before that and the year before that … big deal.

While burnout and boredom feel like different animals altogether, I tend to see them as flip sides on the same coin. Both are results of a frustrated creative mind, and there are two things I have found during my tenure as a creative director at a church, that have helped me in both phases.

Whether you are in a season of frustrating burnout or crippling boredom, allow these insights on rest and ways to relax to give you a chance to break free and start anew.

Rest (Make the Sabbath holy)

I hate to have to Bible you so quickly into this article, but even though it’s one of the ten, it might be one of the most acceptably ignored commandments by American Christians. So to refresh your memory, here’s what He said about this:

“Remember the Sabbath day by keeping it holy.” Exodus 20:8

Later He described the example He set, and why we should follow it: “For in six days, the Lord made the heavens and the earth, the sea, and all that is in them, but he rested on the seventh day. Therefore, the Lord blessed the Sabbath day and made it holy.” — Exodus 20:11

Friends, I just want to remind us all that the Sabbath came out of six straight days of creating. God, our creator, took a day and made it holy after all of that creating. For us to think that we “don’t have time” to rest, reflect and refocus is, well, pretty ridiculous.


More About Eric Bramlett
Eric Bramlett has been the creative arts director for Community Christian Church in Naperville, Ill., since 1996. He is responsible for overseeing large-group experiences from initial artistic vision through production at all 12 CCC locations. He also promotes creative collaboration and artist reproduction for NewThing, CCC's international church-planting mission. Eric continues to be involved in the Chicago theatre scene, as an Artistic Advisor for Porchlight Music Theatre Chicago. He hosts a church media podcast for pastors at www.bigidearesources.com/podcast, and co-authored “The Big Idea,” with Dave and Jon Ferguson. Eric lives in Naperville with his wife, Kristi, and their three children, Sadie, Dillon and Anna. To contact Eric, you can email him at ericbramlett@communitychristian.org or on Twitter @billshazzar.
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