Now, addressing Terry's answer. I actually worked at Intel for several years. When I was there I noticed that only a very very small percentage of the employees were engaged in actually creating new semiconductor technology. There are several reasons for that, but in general terms, in the IT sector, for every new thing you create, you need several people more to develop it and even more to test it. Let's say that for every inventor, you'll need 10 developers and 10 testers. So, if you're a regular employee, chances are you'll just have a 1 in 20 chance to ever creating anything at all (this doesn't match my experience, where it was more on the lines of 1 in 1000 or less). Now, many companies don't even have dedicated Research Labs, and even when they do, Researchers have to take the role of developers frequently. But yeah, like Terry said, if you ever do get to create anything new, it does feel very good.
I can't speak for the world of art, but I've heard some artists say that it's very much like any other job: you have to meet (tight) deadlines, you have to do what your client asks (not necessarily what you want, so is it really that creative when you're mostly just following instructions from other people?) and if you become your own boss you might struggle unless you're really exceptional.
Be mindful of cohesiveness, purpose, and your muse.
People love to see art that flows and makes sense, it can be really hard to follow sporadic pieces that can not coexist with each other.
So in my opinion, its better to have pauses in between your work so that you can see what you are trying to accomplish and what your brand is known for.
This is an awesome question I'm excited to answer. I work as a cultural analyst so not only do I study and watch culture and art evolve, but I have to create the narrative around what's going on and what does it mean for big brands. At my job right now, almost every day I write an article spotlighting cultural trends and I create a cohesive voice for my company to showcase or expertise in youth culture both today and tomorrow. I love my job and the brain muscle it requires to create new analyses and thoughts every day feels good although sometimes can be challenging when you lose your voice.
I never, ever thought of myself as a creator. I'm more or less "type A" where I studied science and liked the rigor of research that was first do A, then do B, then do C. I was nervous to go into a job that required me to be more creative but I am so happy that I did. A few things to consider when thinking become a creator, whether in art, music, a job like mine that I did not expect:
(1) It's scary to put yourself out there
- when you're creating, you are literally creating a voice, a piece of art, you're saying something. And that something comes from somewhere, from a thought you had, a feeling, anything. When you create you go through this process where what comes out feels almost like a little part of you (I know it sounds corny). When you get praise for that thing it feels AMAZING, but when you get criticism.. it can feel like part of you is being criticized. This has been such a big growing experience for me feeling like part of my inner thoughts are being criticized, but it's allowed me to grow and learn at such an amazing rate.. it's a feeling I hope everyone gets to experience
(2) Some people just don't get it- and that's exciting
- You might create something and everyone is just like.. what? When you create something it's sometimes a new thing, that no one has ever seen before. Naturally, humans are confused or taken back by things they don't know, and it's natural to reject that new thing. This is a moment for you to step back and think (a) am I making sense? is this thing that I created a true reflection of my message? Do I need to tweak it? then (b) is what I created real, the true thing, and they don't get it because they can't see it? Neither A nor B is bad, but both are great moments to reflect on your work and really analyze what it is you're trying to doing/ to say
(3) it can be exhausting
- creativity means innovation, means thinking outside the box, it means no rules. Working in this space can be really intimidating for some people, and it can be overwhelming to be in charge of literally creating "the thing." It's normal to feel exhausted or sometimes have no more creative juices, this is when I recommend stepping back and reminder in yourself what inspired you, where your passion is, and take a moment to reconnect with yourself.
Bottom line- I love creating and I'm happy I get to do it every day!