Jessica Herodes //



I love to talk. About everything and anything. I have a constant thirst for knowledge and learning new things. Being able to express new thoughts and ideas through conversation I think helps lock it into my memory bank. Another thing I think, is that just from talking, whether it be a casual conversation or a deep discussion about work, it always leads to me wanting to run to my laptop and start jotting down ideas or instantly begin creating something. It inspires me.

One of my old friends and I, love to converse about our creative endeavors. We would both create something from nothing on a daily basis. It makes sense that when we were discussing work, we would usually have a lot of :uh huh!: moments. My friend’s reaction was a very profound click-of-his-fingers as he whips his head in a random direction and stares deeply into nothingness. Mine was a less abrupt reaction of slightly nodding my head and staring down at the floor. These moments were so often and re-occurring for us, and it was simply just from speaking out loud and pondering our thoughts to each other.

As a child, I found it hard to talk aloud. I would keep all my thoughts to myself and later write them down in a journal or turn it into a song. I still sometimes find it difficult to speak now as an adult, I forget words as I am talking or find it hard to explain things aloud. When it comes to writing, it feels so natural and easy for me. I will surprise myself with a vocabulary I never knew I had. I would pluck words out that I didn’t know the meaning to, only to look it up in the dictionary and realise I had used it completely correctly. The only problem I find with writing my ideas and thoughts down is that I need to have inspiration budding inside me before I can be creative, which I have found quite often sparks from talking.

Creativity, I think is hard to come by most times I need it, which is constantly in my line of work. The pressure of regularly producing unique and authentic ideas, strategies and concepts, exhausts my mind. By simply taking breaks at multiple points in the day to just talk (even just to myself) and let my mind speak freely releases the pressure and I become creative more naturally.