I used to think that those 'creative' types just floated through life doodling and scribbling whatever popped into their imagination. Some weird natural skill meaning that their creations were that bit more 'professional' than those of your average modern human, who hasn't written anything other than their signature by hand since the third grade.
After pushing myself to do a bit more of that networking everyone says is so important, and spending a lot of time in a Melbourne coworking space, it seems that every creative I meet spends a huge amount of time refreshing their skills so that they can stay at the cutting edge of the industry. But these days most creatives aren't pigeonholed into one skill-set, in fact there is a real demand for multi-skilled freelancers and agencies that can offer a more holistic set of services.
Perhaps there is some conciliation in the fact that most creatives are reasonably savvy and active in social media and do their best to share their knowledge when they can. Meetups, forums and social media groups are invaluable to freelancers these days, they kind of keep you sane and stop you from becoming a freelance hermit than never leaves their shack aside from to stock up on take-away coffee cups. Coworking spaces can be even better.
Checkout the Framework Melbourne Facebook page for our own regular meetups or you are always welcome to drop by and have a chat with some of our resident coworkers, you might learn something, you might teach something, hell you might even get some work out of it.