Creativity is one of the most misunderstood ideas and topics in the world. Most of our minds jump to artists, painters, and really messy work spaces with bags of Doritos scattered across the floor and paint all over the walls. We think about da Vinci and Mozart. We think that it’s a specific gifting or…
A few months ago, I set out to get to know the creative community in Greenville a little better. By creative community, I simply mean people who have to think for a living – those who generate ideas, solve problems, and produce solutions off the dome. I surveyed 120 people people in Greenville across a range of professions, skillsets, and ages. And by surveyed 120 people, I mean I emailed almost 500 people, and got 120 responses.
I touched base with marketers, designers, painters, jewelry makers, managers, entrepreneurs, photographers, musicians, videographers, web developers, nonprofit leaders, writers, pastors, engineers, customer support staffers, realtors, and more.
I surveyed people with a wide range of experience and from a variety of backgrounds. Some of these people have been in their practice for less than a year, others for 12+ years. A handful are freelancers, many at agencies, and many working in-house for a variety of organizations.
My goal was to get to know the creative people of Greenville a little better; to learn their routines, inspirations, challenges – even where they go for tacos.
In this post we’ll look at some routines, inspirations, and challenges of Greenville’s creative community. We’ll also see where the creative people of Greenville go to relax and eat tacos. We’ll dive into:
BUT FIRST – VOCATIONS
As I mentioned, I surveyed 120 people throughout Greenville. The responders’ vocations, jobs, and skills ranged from metal worker to marketer and from entrepreneur to videographer. A handful work in the nonprofit world, a few teach, a couple are pastors, and one is a realtor.
I. COMMON ROUTINES
I asked a few different questions in way of routines and habits. I think you can learn a lot about someone by looking at the things they do consistently. “You are what you repeatedly do,” right? Here are a few things creative people in Greenville repeatedly do:
AVERAGE WAKE-UP TIME
Creative people in Greenville wake up early – but not too early. They love to read and exercise. Not everyone loves to journal, and few thrive without structure. There’s a lot of love for blogs and podcasts, and magazines are on their way out as a source of education.
I think routines and habits can tell you a lot about someone, but maybe what defines a creative most are the challenges they face and overcome. If you struggle with any of the following, welcome to the team:
Self promotion is one of the biggest challenges creative people in Greenville face, followed by burnout and fear of failure.
Good to know we’re all not alone, huh?
One of my favorite thing to ask someone is, “What book has inspired or influenced your thinking most?” Some of the answers I received are about business and career, others about art and productivity. Here are the top 12 books that have inspired creatives in Greenville, in order of most mentioned:
TOP 12 INSPIRING BOOKS:
Another important question in the life of a creative is, “What tools make your life easier?” Many responded with tools for teams, and others with tools for individuals. A few responses were not as much tools as they were systems or models. Here are some top-used tools in Greenville:
IV. DRINK SPOTS
Where does the Grenville creative community go for drinks – beer and coffee being the two main categories here:
Honorable coffeeshop mentions include:
- Spill the Beans
- Leopard Forest
- Exchange Co.
Honorable brewery mentions include:
- Golden Grove
- City Scape
Also note this survey was taken prior to the opening of a few other great breweries like Fireforge, Yeehaw, and Iron Hill.
IV. FOOD SPOTS
Last, but certainly not least – where do our creative friend in Greenville eat? I asked about the three primary food groups: brunch, tacos, and pizza.
Honorable brunch mentions include:
- Biscuit Head
- Maple St. Biscuit Co.
- The Anchorage
Honorable taco mentions include:
- Tipsy Taco
- Cantina 76
- Farmhouse Tacos
Honorable pizza mentions include:
- Swamp Rabbit (10/10 would recommend)
- Stone Pizza
- Mellow Mushroom
I hope you feel a little inspired, like you’re not alone, and that you have a few books to add to your reading list. Tune in soon to find out what all of these people love to do in Greenville – their favorite taco spots, pizza spots, coffeeshops, and more!
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