The Cost of Creativity by Carlos Valenzuela

By: Carlos Valenzuela

Category: Employers, Professionals, Schools, Students


The Cost of Creativity

As my taxi rolls into the Vegas Hard Rock Hotel, I recall the affordable hotels, food, free drinks, cigarettes (yes) and snacks of days gone by. My reality check is when the taxi driver says, “Twenty-two dollars, please ” for a five-minute ride.

I reach my seminar room, and as I unpack my educator's bag, I remember the one microphone, poor lighting and no potty breaks shows of the past. Participants would drive a van stocked with cold cuts, drinks, and snacks and move into a Holiday Inn, somewhere in Middle America. It was the highlight of the year for many.

The attendees begin to stream into the room, and I pick up a creative eagerness that moves me to make every effort to impress. I just know we will connect, because I share common traits with these dedicated early adopters.

  1. We are creative and yearn for recognition. Not many create something for no one to see, taste, wear or enjoy. Let’s just all go with it.

  2. We are not seeking fame—we are mostly private. It’s all about the work we want others to enjoy.

  3. We spend many late nights at work and days just worrying about “it.”

  4. We show up late, miss birthdays, graduations and Thanksgivings.

  5. We learned that anything we do—someone would criticize. We develop a short list of close friends; we have lots of acquaintances and few friends.

  6. There is aloneness to our creativity—not to be confused with loneliness. This, I cannot fully explain, but I suspect you know what I mean.

  7. We are fully aware of those who do not applaud our talents. We pick up the vibe when they come around. We have learned to respond with compassion. We are so over it.

  8. We take ourselves places, to a movie, dinner, a museum or Paris—a creative person wants the experience and does not need a consensus to go for it.

  9. We know being creative is something money cannot buy. Given a choice, we would rather be creative and struggle, than secure and dull.

We will forever be creative, we can’t turn dull, and we can't stop being creative. The greatest gift of creativity is our ability to adapt and work with the present. Nothing stays the same forever--you either adapt, or life will force it on you.

Carlos Valenzuela has forty-plus years experience in the professional beauty industry,  and holds a Masters in International Management. Carlos’ hairdressing training started in London with the Vidal Sassoon Academy and  later worked worldwide FOR Chicago’s Pivot Point’s International WITH his unique blend of business, beauty education and success concepts. He is Former owner of the Carlos Valenzuela Academy & Tesoro Beauty Boutique.

Carlos Valenzuela’s focus today is on his salon clientele and  sharing his knowledge via online and live presentation in english or spanish with corporations, manufacturers, distributors, salons and schools.  A frequent speaker at major beauty events and blogger for modern salon magazine,  Carlos makes his home in Tucson, Arizona.

 Carlos Valenzuela is a consultant, trainer, author and behind the chair stylist in Tucson, AZ. Contact: .

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