Where 6 Creative Professionals Find Inspiration

Inspiration can be found almost anywhere — in books, song lyrics, art, news headlines, magazines, people-watching, TV commercials, and more. Here’s where six different creative professionals say they find theirs.

Mischa Purcell, wedding and portrait photographer: Sometimes I look at classic art in a museum and think, “That’s a great pose for a couple!” Other times, I flip through fashion magazines and see what’s “in.” But most of all, I get inspiration from imagining the possibilities. When I’m making photographic art, I imagine every image before I even pick up the camera. Then I choose the right lens and attempt to re-create my imagination through the viewfinder.

Rich Sigberman, artist and illustrator
(pictured, right): Personally, while there have been some times when inspiration struck, far more often it’s the “99 percent perspiration vs. 1 percent inspiration” model that works for me. The initial effort and time spent must be present, and maybe then inspiration will strike! When it does, it’s pure art that seems to come flowing out, and the artist may look at the clock and notice that two or three hours have passed, and boy is he hungry!

Bradley Charbonneau, web designer: I find inspiration in my weekly strategy sessions with my business partner. We discuss various website themes that are the best fit for each client, our strategic approach to solving their problems with a customized web design, and other potential issues that may arise.

Karen Goldfarb, copywriter: Professionally, often from Communication Arts Magazine. Personally, from a zillion sci-fi writers and J.J. Abrams.

Lauren Deane Evans, art and creative director (pictured, above): I get most of my inspiration from my 8-year-old son. He is the most creative free-thinker I know. When I grow up, I want to be just like him.

Jerome Rossen, musician: I get my inspiration from local nature, the changing Bay Area weather, and collaborating with creative people. With those last two, you never know where it may take you. When all else fails, sometimes my greatest inspiration comes from a deadline!

Where do you find inspiration? Let us know in the comments field below.

About Gil Zeimer

Gil Zeimer is the Creative Director of Zeimer's Advertising Shoppe. As a consultant with 25 years of advertising and blogging experience, he is a Mad Man who works with businesses large and small. Read his marketing musings at www.zeimer.com.
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Maryann C.
Maryann C.

I get most of my inspiration from God. I have asked him for 64 years now, what is my purpose on this earth God? One day, I was reading some mothers comments on and ebay giving board, and while other Moms were asking for toys, or candy or clothing, this one Mother was asking for prayer. It seems that her first born son Donavon, had gone out with some friends that night and they never came home. The car that Donavon was riding in went out of control, slammed into a tree and all 6 of the children were trapped and burned to death. IF you would please take a moment to visit my personal website at www.mspunky.com there you will see why and how I was inspired to start a Non Profit Foundation called "Buried with Dignity" and our mission is to help one family at a time, by donating a memorial stone in their childs honor. We believe that every child has a right to be "buried with dignity. IF you can help please do, we have 20 more families that have lost a child and we need sponsors to help by sponsoring one family a year. Thank you and GOD BLESS each of you!