Featured Explorer: Matt Wagoner, Firetower Creative
1 - Tell me about what type of creative you are?
I love being creative in many different ways, but the I am most drawn to design and how it really is at the root of problem solving. I believe because we were created in God’s image, we all have that same desire to create. It comes out in some many different forms for each person. You just have to embrace it.
2 - What inspires you to be creative?
I started Firetower Creative out of a passion to create something for myself. I have a desire to learn and grow and figure things out in my own space. Inspiration comes from many different avenues for me, but the most exciting is nature. I love being outdoors, running, mtn biking, and cycling. Being in a Mtn town, closely connected to nature, reenergizes me and is def the most inspiring thing to me. This world is an amazing place. I am inspired by each new day.
3 - What books are you currently reading that you would recommend?
Rework, by Jason Fried David and Heinemeier Hansson. Read it twice or even three times. You will not regret it. Another great one is Steal like an Artist. Favorite quote from that book is “It’s right there in the Bible: ‘There is nothing new under the sun.’ (Ecclesiastes 1:9)”. It so true, and humbling when you realize that. There are so many great quotes in that book. It helped me realize that I am an artist.
4 - What is one tool you would recommend someone having to make them more creative?
I try to always carry my sketchbook. It is a habit I have developed, and many artists will tell you it is one of the best habits to have. If you want to be creative, it takes practice. Choose to write, sketch, paint, whatever, as much as you can. Do it every single day. Be consistent.
5 - What is your favorite creative project you have ever worked on?
I’m not sure I have just one, but I would say the projects where I am having fun, where nature is involved in someway, and where I am learning and growing, are the best projects. If you are not having fun, and are not excited about what you are doing, that is a good sign you should be doing something else.