The Rise Of Creative Careers

The Rise Of Creative Careers

I want to talk about a change I’m seeing in the world, a positive change.

This change being the rise in creativity. I’m not only talking about the rise of YouTube creators and Bloggers, but also within sports.

I’m a huge football fan and grew up in a world that revolved around football. I trained and played several times a week from the age of 8 years-old. At break time in school I regularly missed my school dinner to extend my time spent kicking a ball around with my mates. I thought about nothing else. Football allowed me to express myself and my creative abilities within the boundaries of this one sport.

Football is obviously heavily a team sport. Something that as a kid I never once took note of, was that some children may not suit a team sport. For me being in a team and leading teams as I did regularly was the best feeling for my personality. Its not until you grow up and/or have your own kids that you realise not all children are the same.

I’m experiencing this first hand now. My football days are over and I would have loved Corben to follow suit but the simple fact right now at 5 years-old, is that he simply has no interest in football or any team sports really. Now I know it’s early days but I’m pretty sure he’ll never have that passion I had for football and team sports. Guess what, I’m absolutely fine with that, in fact I encourage him to embrace his individuality. He’s very confident in taking things on alone in his own manner, it’s admirable.

Corben’s personality has opened up my mind to have the conversation I want to have in this very post, the rise of creative individual opportunities for the youth of today.

I think it’s a huge positive for today’s children that individual, creative sports such as Freestyle BMX, Sport Climbing, Surfing, Karate and Skateboarding have been approved as Olympic Sports ready for Tokyo 2020.

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The majority of these activities were merely hobbies when I was a kid. Riding your BMX and breaking your arm in an attempt to do a bunny hop was just part of growing up. If you were really good then it meant you gained extra cool points within your group of friends. Nowadays if you’re a Freestyle BMX master, you can create a YouTube channel around your skills and compete at the Olympics! It’s an incredible time to be creatively brilliant.

I have no stats or specific knowledge to back this up, other than I live in the world and notice a lot of stuff, but Skateboarding must be one of the fastest growing sport/activity trends in the last few years. Skateboarding has always been around but to a general person without a particular interest in it, it’s seem since the rise of all other creative activities such as YouTube and Instagram, Skateboarding’s popularity has risen alongside.

I know there’s always been certain levels of competition for these sports I’ve mentioned, but it feels like being approved as an Olympic sport legitimises them further as a viable career choice.

If I’d have said 10 years ago that I wanted to video record my day-to-day life and share my thoughts, feelings and experiences with other people online as a career, you’d have laughed in my face and told me to get a real job. 10 years ago I’d have laughed in my own face on my way to my ‘real’ job. I say that today and it’s proven that there is now legitimate career choices in creative media, sports and other team or individual creative industries.

Listen, there’s a lot happening in today’s world that isn’t so good…

But, I’m raising my children in a world where when you say ‘You can be and do anything you want’ it’s actually true.

That fills me with such positivity about my children’s futures and motivates me to remind them as well as myself that if they work hard at anything they’re in love with and passionate about, whether that be medicine, law, football, YouTube or skateboarding, they can achieve whatever they want.

As always I’d love to read your thoughts on this in the comments…

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12 Comments

  1. 15th January 2018 / 8:08 am

    Very true. Great post. Out girls have tried all sort of activities through the years – our philosophy being they’ll find something they enjoy. From football to gymnastics to cycling to athletics they tried it all. Then we moved to rural North Yorkshire and found ourselves in a town with so much going on we couldn’t believe it. They started to go to the local dance school and now all four dance 5 days a week for 6-8 hours each! They do competitions, take part in the local pantomime and generally have a great blooming time with like minded friends. In fact, D (9 y/o) has two best friends from two town either side of us who don’t go to her school but they all go to the same dance classes.
    But as a runner and cyclist (throw swimming in as I do love triathlon) I tried to get them into that – I really did. I spent a fortune on bikes and sports gear and we’ve flogged it all now as they simply weren’t interested. Actually, D (that 9 y/o again) did enjoy getting out on the bike for long rides with me, and at school she is on the cross-country running team, and has now been picked for the hockey team too – she’s one of those kids that can turn her hand to anything and enjoys it. But dance is her first love and and everything else takes a back seat for that and outside school she (and the rest) have little time for anything else.
    Finding something outside of school (and academia in general) that kids enjoy is so important. It broadens horizons and builds life-long friendships around a shared interest rather than the captive market of school class “mates”.

    • 15th January 2018 / 11:14 am

      If ever I needed a case study to support what message I’m trying to put across, your family could be it! It’s so fretting and I’m glad parents such as yourselves are coming out of the woodwork on social media that want to throw their children as many opportunities as possible. I see so many kids dropped off at the school gates and then collected and that’s it! We’re huge on our kids trying anything and everything too, it’s quite hard with the girls sometimes as they’re caught up in that high school rat race of needed to be on trend. Corben will hopefully never have that pressure being home-educated. Thanks for reading and taking the time to comment mate, massive opportunities lay ahead for your family I know it!

  2. 15th January 2018 / 9:10 am

    Completely agree with this David. The world today has come on so far since we were kids. The opportunities and options available to our children are endless and its fantastic. Eden is almost 3 now. He is a confident little lad and he loves trying everything. We’ve asked him if he wanted to try football and he did so we took him to Little Kickers and he loved it. He asked me about rugby while I was watching the Six Nations. He might have noticed how excited I got and just thought that must be good so he fancied trying it. So we took him to Rugby Tots. He loved it. Ironically today he is going to gymnastics for the first time because he loves throwing himself about. I have no doubt he’ll love it. My point is that today if your kids want to try something they can. Everything is so much more accessible for our youngsters compared to when we were their age. It is such a positive thing that now in 2018 we have so much more choice about what we might want to achieve and what we can help our kids achieve. Particularly thanks to the rise of the internet and social media. The world is literally at our fingertips!

    Great post!

    • 15th January 2018 / 11:19 am

      Thanks Sam! Yes to everything you’ve said. You’re living the life I’m talking about. People get bogged down in all the doom and gloom but the fact is we’re living in a world today where anything is possible if you want it and work for it. There’s still a bit to go yet but it’s always great that taking your little boy to gymnastics is a cool thing, imagine being taken back when we were kids, the world wasn’t as open minded. I love that! All children should be introduced to all things, who knows whether they’ll end up being the next Olympian or fastest typer on a keyboard… Shit examples but you get my point HAHA!

  3. Adam
    15th January 2018 / 11:31 am

    Great read, and completely agree…. I wasnโ€™t interested in football or team sports at all until I was around 10 and ended up going a fair way in football and cricket I think at 3/4/5 the world should just be fun pure fun and being as silly as possible

    • 15th January 2018 / 11:41 am

      Yes 100% agreed. I’ve had to play being a grown up for ages and it feels like centuries. Bills, work and making decisions. So I definitely hear you about keeping it as fun as you can for as long as you can. Kids don’t need to grow up as fast as society suggests. Same here too, I wasn’t into football until I was 8 and then it consumed my life. Thanks for reading and commented Adam, appreciate it ๐Ÿ™‚

  4. 15th January 2018 / 1:06 pm

    Great Post. As a child/teenager I lived Skateboarding – Something I am desperate for my son to get involved with but constantly bugged by my partner not to force any activity on him. I feel I gained so much from skateboarding; a great set of mates, a skill that many do not master and a childhood outside come rain or shine. My heart literally die a little when i see a skate park full of kids on Scooters but i suppose that is just the modern age.

    • 15th January 2018 / 1:10 pm

      Thank You! Appreciate you reading and commenting.

      I believe we should present as many opportunities as possible to our children but not force them into something. I’m the same with Corben and Football, I’d love him to love football like I do, however I’d love him to be his own person more. I think it’s a positive that there are so many skate parks around, there weren’t any in my area when I was a kid, so it’s a step forward at least ๐Ÿ™‚

  5. 15th January 2018 / 1:08 pm

    Great post David. this is all so true. I think the options for kids these days to explore and make a career out of what they love is amazing. I was into skateboarding when I was a teenager (I was actually not half bad if I do say so myself!) However the only way you could make money off it is if you were lucky enough to get sponsored. We made crappy “sponsor me” videos that we dropped in at skate shops but they were probably just binned.

    If we had the opportunities then with YouTube etc that we do today, who knows what could happen!

    I never thought I’d hear myself say this and I probably sound like an old fart, but kids these days don’t know how lucky they are! ๐Ÿ™‚

    • 15th January 2018 / 1:15 pm

      HAHA! I say that on a daily basis, I’ve turned into my dad! ‘You kids don’t know you’re born’ is another I got often. You’re absolutely right, imagine the opportunities you could create for yourself in today’s world. I mean, it’s never too late unless your knees are shot like mine lol.

      The internet and social media is such a powerful tool it’s massively under-utilised by the youth of today. Mainly because it’s not taught correctly at school or in many households. The benefits of using it correctly can be literally life changing.

      Appreciate you reading and commenting Tom ๐Ÿ™‚

  6. 19th January 2018 / 2:04 pm

    Great post. Whilst I was a rollerblader in my youth I was never pro! Although I could skate down the steep hills of my hometown like a pro but no tricks and stunts.

    I think the world has changed now where there’s a value to everything. When I was in school the career’s adviser always used to promote either academic/professions or manual labour. Nothing about being creative. It just wasn’t an option. Social media and the internet has contributed to making this possible.

    • 19th January 2018 / 5:14 pm

      Social Media has changed the world and will continue to change it because people now have all the tools to innovate further and faster. I’m so excited it’s ridiculous. So many possibilities, that’s all I want to offer my kids, opportunities, they can then decide their path.

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