Five things every creative must have

Five things every creative must have

Five things every creative must have

Welcome to Sonik Culture Productions’ blog, where we aim to inspire and guide young creatives into building fulfilling careers in music production and beyond. Whether you’re just starting or looking to enhance your creative journey, we understand the unique challenges and rewards that come with being a part of the creative industry. Today, we’re diving into some crucial aspects of living a balanced, creative life: financial planning, health insurance, the importance of downtime, personal growth, and honing your people skills.

Financial Planning for Creatives: A Must-Do

Let’s face it: many of us creatives struggle with personal finance. The key is to start early. Consider various saving options like fixed deposits or mutual funds. An SIP (Systematic Investment Plan) in mutual funds has been a game-changer for many, encouraging disciplined monthly investments. But remember, do not just invest blindly. Gain as much knowledge as you can, talk to people you trust and then move forward with a well thought out investment strategy.

Another very most crucial step is to be actively involved in your tax planning. This not only helps in saving money but also in understanding what financial strategies work best for you. Understanding what part of your business is getting in the money and what is draining it out can help quickly turnaround the business.

The sooner we realise the importance of being financially savvy to focus more on your passion: creating musical jingles without financial stress, the better we are in the long run.

The Blessing of Medical Insurance

In the unpredictable journey of life, medical insurance is your safety net. It may seem unnecessary until you really need it. In these uncertain times, hospital bills can skyrocket unexpectedly. My advice? Discuss with a trusted family member or friend to ensure you’re adequately covered. Understand every clause thoroughly to avoid surprises during claims, and never withhold information, like smoking habits or pre-existing conditions. Transparency is key.

From my own personal experience, when my wife suffered COVID back in September 2020, her corporate insurance was just not enough to cover the expenses. Thanks to the personal medical insurance I had bought for myself and my family, I got reimbursed nearly 90% of my expenses.

Valuing Downtime: Recharge Your Creative Batteries

For creatives, downtime is as critical as work time. It’s essential to step away from your work to recharge. Whether it’s reading a book, watching a movie, or enjoying moments with loved ones, find what helps you de-stress. I advocate for a balanced lifestyle that includes taking vacations to rejuvenate your mind, ensuring you return to your projects with fresh eyes and renewed energy. I try an make it a point to take at least one family vacation, even if it is a short one, every year. Sometimes more if I can manage.

Personal Growth: The Backbone of Creativity

Your personal growth directly influences your work, client interactions, and overall understanding of your field. Make it a point to explore new technologies, and dive into books and articles, even those not directly related to your work. Embracing a diverse skill set is more valuable today than ever before. Continuous learning is the foundation upon which Sonik Culture Productions was built, and we encourage our community to embrace this ethos.

Mastering People Skills: Beyond Creativity and Technical Know-How

In the creative industry, your ability to work well with others can make or break your career. People prefer collaborating with those who are not only talented but also approachable and understanding. Communication, empathy, and the ability to make others feel comfortable are invaluable skills. Additionally, never underestimate the power of networking. Many creative opportunities come through references. The more you connect with others, the more you stay on top of mind, increasing your chances of landing new projects.

At Sonik Culture Productions, we believe in the power of community, creativity, and personal growth. By focusing on these areas, young creatives can build a more fulfilling and successful career. Whether you’re creating the next hit musical jingle or exploring other creative avenues, remember that your journey is unique. Embrace it with open arms, and always strive for balance in every aspect of your life.