Claire Meredith is a writer, podcaster and part of the Creatives Hub network. She writes and broadcasts about living and giving your talents, and believes that we all have creativity inside us. She is passionate that you find your vision and follow your dreams not only for your own sake, but because fulfilling your potential is a valuable contribution to everyone. She has an excellent weekly newsletter, the Sunday Brunch, which I recommend and for which you can sign up on her website. She has also written one of the best guides to networking I have read, perfect for people who put networking in the same boat as root canal work or picking up a spider with your bare hands.
In your professional life, what is the single best thing about what you do?
The single best thing is talking to other people. I learn something from someone every day; people create the colour in my world and give me the inspiration for what I do. I've have worked with some brilliant people over the years and I keep finding more!
Do you have a creative hero / heroine and if so, why?
Lots! Great painters: Constable and Turner in particular - the attention to detail, the skill, the perspective they have and the production of masterpieces gives me such inspiration. I also love ‘This Time I Dance’ by Tama Kieves - the lawyer turned creative writer. Her account of her journey and her own exploration of her creativity and the creative process keeps me coming back to her book again and again.
What piece of advice do you wish you had been given at the beginning of your career?
Move towards the things you love and do something you love to do every day. Having said that, I moved so far away from the things I loved and that was in some ways equally helpful as it taught me what I really didn't want! It is also helpful to know it's ok to focus on your strengths to guide you - we often get messages that we should improve by 'working on our weaknesses' in order to achieve success but don't forget to major on your strengths - that's what makes you shine!
If you hit a creative block, what is your top tip for getting through it?
Do something physical. I generally do some cleaning as that provides instant satisfaction and it results in getting cleaning done which is a bonus. I find that concentrating on something else and being absorbed in that for a while means when I go back to the creative work I'm doing, things look different.
And finally, for fun, if you were a shoe, what type of shoe would you be and why?
I would be a pair of blue striped, nautical wedge heels because they are classy but comfortable and shout sunshine and sea, fun times and cheerful living. I'd actually love a pair of these, so if there are any shoe designers out there I'm happy to hear from you!