Making a puppet has blown my budget out of the water. In an effort to get it done as fast as possible, I didn’t spend nearly as much time as I could have finding creative solutions to the more expensive parts of the puppet-making process. This was a conscious decision that I made. More important that feeling like I had done the most to save money every step of the way, was knowing that my first online course would be launched sooner as opposed to later.
While I’ve paid more to get my puppet done quickly, I haven’t been sweating the details. Every part of the fabrication process has given me something to change the next time around, from the type of materials I use to the order I do things in. For this to be possible, I’ve had to constantly remind myself of the details that matter. Of course, I’d love for everything to be perfect and I’m also making a puppet. There’s wiggle room for things to be imperfect.
Despite not getting caught up on the construction details, I am thinking about the details that are critical to focus on. My puppet’s mannerisms and voice, for example. The ticks that my puppet has and their personality. How they add to the course content I’m teaching and what needs to be said by them because it’ll make it easier to hear. These are the details that are important to me when I’m working with a puppet.
In any creative project, at least some of the details matter. That’s where the magic is. It's the details that bring our creative work to life and make it something that’s distinctly ours. At times, all the details matter. Some projects that need to be functional as well as beautiful; some projects need to be beautiful as well as human. Sometimes details are a both and part of your creative work. And sometimes it’s vital that you choose the ones you’re going to focus on.
One way of sorting through the details that you need to prioritize is to ask yourself who they’re for. Is having things just so important because it’ll help you better connect to the people you want to touch with your work? Or do the details you’re hung up on feel like a reflection of your value and/or abilities as a creative? And, if you’re in a space where money and time means you have to choose between the two, what feels the most critical to you doing your best work?
What are you checking for to know what details matter?