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The Art of Good Collaboration

The Art of Good Collaboration

Elisha-Rio Apilado

The first step is finding the right art partner(s)

This means finding your other artistic half. Not only must you find a strong artist, you must also find a strong artist with a mind for business. The following are a few ideal traits to look for in your long-term partner:

• They should have lots of art knowledge and be passionate about what they do!
• They should be open to any and all ideas, from the norm to the bizarre.
• They should have a different interest or style, but the ability to fuse two very different artistic ideas. This is best for creating unique work.
• They should be able to simultaneously communicate and listen.

Now although you’re searching for “the one,” keep in mind that the other person is also looking for these traits in you. Hopefully you’ll be lucky enough to find someone you mesh well with — someone with whom you can connect with and share mind-blowingly awesome brainstorming sessions.

The second step is developing your goals together

You have your own art goals and your partner no doubt has his own too, but collaboration means compromise. You joined forces to achieve one goal together, so communication is a must and should be dealt with accordingly. There’s no room for egos here, so check them at the door.

Some goals to think about are: What would the project consist of; How long will it take; What is it’s purpose, etc. It’s similar to creating a design brief, only this time you have a second set of opinions. Figuring out the ultimate goal also means figuring out the process of how to get there. What kind of partnership will this be: a leader and a follower? How will you make the ultimate decision?

Throughout this step, being as specific as possible is worth the cramps you may feel in your hands from jotting it all down. All ideas, as well as what was spoken about during these meetings should be noted for future reference.

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