You might be a fellow writer. Or you might be interested in making t.v. shows, movies, Youtube videos, painting, singing, making music beats, doing stand-up comedy, or you might create some form of content that I can’t even think of. But what inspires you to create entertainment for others? Because ultimately- isn’t there a form of inspiration behind wanting to generate that entertainment?
Today we’re going to take a look at some common inspirations for content creators:
Simply to Entertain
It seems almost unecessary to mention this one, however, for many creators this is the only inspiration they require. There are people who truly care nothing about whether or not their content makes them any money. Some people even purposely lose money when creating their content just so that they can be in a position to get it in the hands of as many people as possible.
People who soley create through this inspiration will be pleased to receive positive feedback even from just one person who viewed their creation. They will be absolutely ecstatic that someone enjoyed being entertained by what they made themselves. And that’s really, really important inspiration. Because if you don’t care whether or not people enjoy what you’re making- you’re never going to sell enough of your content to make any significant amount of money. So while it’s good to care- if you’re someone like me, who wants to make money from what they’re doing, you need to pull inspiration from other sources as well.
Now look- you don’t have to feel any guilt. It’d be stupid too. Because what is actually wrong with wanting to make money from something that you have created and are offering to the people of the world, and more specifically, to your audience? The answer is there’s nothing wrong! You should want to make a profit from whatever it is you’re good at making.
Don’t get it twisted though- people who’s only inspiration is to make money often times fall short of actually making it. If you get too absorbed into this mindset- you start to just put out what I like to call garbage. You’ve probably seen it yourself- people who are selling products that may look alright at first glance, but once you buy them and actually get into viewing the content you realize it was a total waste of money. You might even feel like you’ve been ripped-off or robbed.
Staying inspired by making money is definitely important for you as a content creator- it keeps you focused, motivated, and opens up a whole new realm of goals that you can set for yourself. Just remember that there’re actual people out there who are interested in what you do- and if you provide them with “non-garbage” content- they’ll likely even be willing to pay a fee to see it.
I’d like to offer you a quote to end this article from Alan Watts. If you’re unfamiliar with the man he was a well-known philospher who passed away in the 1970’s. He was a really interesting guy so if you’re curious in learning more about him I recommend doing some internet browsing. Here’s the part I believe really relates to what we’re talking about here-
“And after all, if you do really like what you’re doing, it doesn’t matter what it is, you can eventually turn it – you could eventually become a master of it. It’s the only way to become a master of something, to be really with it. And then you’ll be able to get a good fee for whatever it is. So don’t worry too much … somebody is interested in everything, anything you can be interested in, you will find others will. But it’s absolutely stupid to spend your time doing things you don’t like, in order to go on spending things you don’t like, doing things you don’t like and to teach our children to follow in the same track.”
— Alan Watts
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