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Whose project is it anyway?

Picture this: you`ve met someone who you click with in terms of your creative likes and dislikes and you decide to embark on a project. Exciting, isn`t it? You decide to split the work between the two of you, and it`s perfect because you`re both good at something else. So there shouldn`t be any problems with overlapping, right?

Well… things are never as easy as they seem, especially when you tend to be so overly-enthusiastic as I am at the beginning of a project. Having had previous experience with team work, I thought it would all go as planned. What I didn`t have was experience working with someone who was already a mature artist, who had already establish her style and vision. Negotiating with them is a totally different story. So, as we started making decisions about which ideas to drop and which ones we would use in the final product, I realized some of the ideas I really cared about wouldn`t make it. To over-compensate for my inability to convince my partner of their utility within the project, I started complaining about the fact that I wasn`t treated as an equal rights partner. This was rather funny, since we had agreed from the get-go to build on a base she had developed a few years back.

As the dust settled, I realized my mistake. As many creative people will tell you, we can be quite over-protective with what we come to regard as `our babies`. That`s exactly what has happened to me. The minute I started thinking of the project as MY project, MY vision, things went sour. But, the story has a happy ending, because I managed to turn that ME into US, MY into OURS, and finally found my place in this working duo.

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Posted on June 7th, 2013 by mel


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