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Episode Info: In the podcast episode we speak with Rhesa Lessey founder of Things TT. She shares how she started and grown a marketplace for small to medium sized businesses. Her love for all things Trinidad and Tobago, technology and sleep. How do you define creativity and what does it mean to you?Creativity is the ability to express your imagination and emotions through one or many art-forms.How much of your creative ability do you think is innate? Or is your creativity a skill that you have developed?Most of my creative ability is innate, but growing up I did do a short course in graphic design which has helped me a lot today.When did you realise that you wanted to express your creativity? Was it encouraged by others (e.g., parents)?Maybe at the age of 4 years old? I would always paint and draw growing up. I would tell my parents I wanted to be an artist.What is your standard for evaluating your creative work and the works of other people? Do you think that monetary rewards can be compatible with creativity in general? Are financial rewards relevant to your projects?I believe art is subjective, but I do believe that art should make you feel something, whether that feeling is happiness, sadness, enlightenment, etc.I do believe that monetary reward is compatible with creativity. The world is full of Warhol's, Picasso's and Kanye's! “If people didn’t care about my service I would feel less motivated to pursue” Do you think the views of other people influence your perception and evaluation of your creative endeavours? What role do you believe the culture that you live in plays in your creative efforts?People, environment, culture, they all influence perception and evaluation. If people didn't care about my service I would feel less motivated to pursue it. That doesn't mean I would stop but validation is important.The current culture of Trinidad and Tobago has influenced me, but my desired impact on our culture plays an even bigger role in my creative efforts. I want people to know how amazing Trinbagonian entrepreneurs are, which is why I continue to host Things TT year on year.Does your creative work come easily or do you struggle with your ideas? What obstacles (if any) do you experience when you are creating? If you do face obstacles, how do you get past them?I do struggle, there is no telling when, where or how inspiration will come to you. When working with a timeline it's a big struggle if those ideas aren't flowing the way I need them to. During those times I try to be kind to myself. I watch TV. I read a book. I take a drive. I colour. Last year I actually spent a lot of time in my adult colouring book and it helped a lot. “ My first draft is never the final product” Is there something that you do to put yourself into a creative state of mind? If so, what? How do you make the leap from a "Spark" in your head to the action you produce?Like Nike, I just DO IT! ...
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