I’ve always found storytelling to be a very therapeutic outlet, I think this most likely because of my dad, who would regularly read to my brother and I when we were little. I remember he would get very involved in telling the stories by putting on voices to keep us engaged and entertained.
So, naturally, I started to imagine my own stories.
I developed this passion for storytelling, by uniting my love of writing and drawing, which assisted with world building. If I was ever struggling with words it was easier to sketch the idea, or if I couldn’t hold onto an image, to write the idea down to capture it in a state of permanence. I would illustrate stories by drawing out characters, scenes and maps of the fictional worlds which I imagined they would inhabit and, without really thinking about it, I also started to take a lot of inspiration from an array of different sources. Whenever I was watching a film or TV show with my family, I would keep my sketchpad nearby to draw out ideas or write down quotes that fuelled some inspiration for a character or concept. But beyond TV, I would also borrow ideas from nature, books and later video games; basically, anything I could get my hands on I was already learning from an early age to ‘steal’ like an artist.
I like to think I have progressed gradually too, as a lot of my work has been the result of several years of innovating. Although, I haven’t been as involved with this as much since starting uni, for the most part, it’s just a hobby now that I like to do whenever I need to escape from the stresses of my own world for a while.
This is why I do think having something you are passionate about outside of work can be significant, because, it gives you a means of expression to release a lot of negativity which can build up over time, leaving you feeling stressed and miserable. Creative outlets in particular, can allow you to get more in touch with your emotions by exploring the relationships between subjects and experimenting with styles, which can give you an insight into a completely different world or time altogether.