What is a creative rebel?

What's a creative rebel? Are you one? >> violetanedkova.com

I get this question a lot. 

The other thing I get a lot is people saying they're NOT rebels.

Thing is, when I look at the people who say they're not rebels, they're the biggest rebels out there, and they're just insecure because "rebel" sounds like some sort of activist or revolutionary who changes the world and breaks rules on a daily basis. Nope. A creative rebel is nothing like that.

A creative rebel is a creative person who does things in their own way instead of following what everybody else says. It is not the one who makes noise or draws attention to themselves, but the one who remains steadfast and true to themselves.

It doesn't matter what they look or sound like, what clothes they wear, what their websites look like or anything superficial like that. We are going deeper than skin tone, wardrobe, and language here. We're going straight to the CORE:

To who you are and how you choose to live your life. And whether you take the road made for you or you carve your own path.

So creative rebels...

  • don't follow every trend out there
  • don't say the same things everyone else is saying
  • don't have samey brands, or brands that look like everybody else's
  • create businesses and brands that are unique and authentic
  • make unexpected connections between things
  • figure out fun solutions to problems

If you know someone like that, give them a shout below in the comments!

Here are just a few creative rebels that come to mind:

 

 
Hillary Weiss is funny, creative, and uniquely talented at writing. Check out her blog!

Hillary Weiss is funny, creative, and uniquely talented at writing. Check out her blog!

Caroline Winegeart helps soulful creatives be their most vibrant selves. See her letters!

Caroline Winegeart helps soulful creatives be their most vibrant selves. See her letters!

Sian Richardson is rebellious designer who helps people win on their own terms. Check out her mag!

Sian Richardson is rebellious designer who helps people win on their own terms. Check out her mag!

Kirsten Blake interviews brave souls on her (authentic) Chapter Be podcast. 

Kirsten Blake interviews brave souls on her (authentic) Chapter Be podcast. 

Ashley Beaudin is a heart encourager for imperfect women, and the creator of The Imperfect Boss. 

Ashley Beaudin is a heart encourager for imperfect women, and the creator of The Imperfect Boss. 

 
 
Ebonie Allard is a value-based coach and author of the Mistif to Maven book.

Ebonie Allard is a value-based coach and author of the Mistif to Maven book.

Elin Loow is a brave creative who spent the 2016 facing her creative fears. Check out her project.

Elin Loow is a brave creative who spent the 2016 facing her creative fears. Check out her project.

Meg Kissack is the colorful creator of the Couragemakers podcast.

Meg Kissack is the colorful creator of the Couragemakers podcast.

Steph Halligan is a cartoonist whose stories echo the human experience.

Steph Halligan is a cartoonist whose stories echo the human experience.

Veronica Zubek is the owner of TwoEasels and hand-letterer extraordinaire. 

Veronica Zubek is the owner of TwoEasels and hand-letterer extraordinaire. 

 

 

In my humble opinion, the Internet needs more authentic and unique voices, voices that are unpredictable and distinctive, voices that make us THINK, not follow.

The more creative rebels we gather in the same place the better...

Is there really a place for the creative rebels out there?

Why yes, and it is called the Creative Rebel Academy - where creative rebels meet, support each other, and learn together. It so happens that Season One has just launched, and the wonderful human beings above are the rebel instructors! It has been so amazing and fun to work with them toward bringing you this unique, transformative, and rebellious experience. 

(Update: The program completed in June 2017, but whether it launches again or not, we'll always have violetanedkova.com to keep us together!)

Now it's your turn!

How would you define a creative rebel?

Do you consider yourself to be one?

 

 
 

Violeta Nedkova

Violeta Nedkova is a multipassionate marketer who loves helping people. She talks and writes about marketing with purpose and personality because it's so much better than traditional marketing.