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As a creative moving from a small town to a large city, what's the most important use of my time this summer?

I'm a small town writer/filmmaker, and I plan to transfer to Columbia College Chicago. Should I be indulging my creative side, or working on more practical skills, like business, communication, and finances (or simply learning to shop for groceries, fix a car, cook better food)? I am employed and saving money, and have found myself trying to budget my free time, stuck between expanding my portfolio or strengthening my ability to function on my own as an independent adult. I know both are important, but where should my focus be? (I plan to move into an apartment off-campus). This question could be helpful for anybody involved in creative work looking to get away. #writing #film #time-management #film-production #creative #portfolio-management #screenwriting #creative-management

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Mark’s Answer

Hi Charles,
Yes, you've got a very practical and reliable plan for the future. How to take care of yourself. And then save money. Learning when you enjoy writing is also very important. Establish a routine every day. Reading the best scripts also will help. Watching people and listening to them will help you with character background, depth and development, and the dialogue should explain thoughts and feelings as rarely as possible. Best wishes.

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Kendall’s Answer

Hi Charles,


My advice would be to spend your free time doing the stuff you enjoy - whether that's learning to cook, or play a musical instrument, visit with friends, go for a run, or re-watch your favorite movies. If you're working, and saving money, and planning to go to school, that free time is important recharging time for your creative batteries. Of course, it's also good to have life skills - you'll need groceries and a balanced budget all your life - but it's really important to do the things that make you feel rested, recharged and able to be creative.


Good luck with the move~
Kendall

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Susan E.’s Answer

I would say the best way to use your time is research the city itself. Find out what you can connect to in the city that will help your career. Maybe you can find a story to tell while you're at it. Inspiration is everywhere, but making sure you are comfortable in the city is more so.

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