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It Takes A Village

The old, old adage that it takes a village applies to many things in life—including events. Aside from the fact that it physically takes a lot of people to make a client’s day come together, it also creatively takes a lot of people to make a client’s vision come to life.

As a creative person I accept that not every idea I have will work. I accept that often times, an idea I have can be built upon by other people. In art school I was taught to collaborate with my peers on projects. We approached an artistic piece with all of our creative minds. Had we been separated and asked to do these exercises individually the impact wouldn’t be the same. I don’t believe that one person is the be-all, end-all of a great idea. In fact, what I took away from my college years in art school was that I need to be open to the ideas of others—and allow other people to collaborate with me—to achieve the greatest outcome.

In working with clients and on personal projects I choose to work with vendors who are open to the collaborative process. I like to work with people who are secure enough with their art and talent to know that everyone involved has an important creative role. Sometimes, you find yourself working with someone whose arrogance deludes them into thinking that your role isn’t to make suggestions or provide creative input. It’s unfortunate because not everyone is open minded or secure enough to realize that one person might have a good idea, but when you get two people together that idea can become great, and with even more creative minds, amazing. Sometimes, too, people have a hard time relinquishing control of their “role” in the grand scheme of the universe– the wedding industry, included!!

I encourage you to look within yourself and determine: are you a person who openly collaborates with others…?

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10 Comments

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    Katie Slater
    March 23, 2010 at 12:00 PM

    Love your new blog!!! 🙂 And I love this post!

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    Alicia Candelora
    March 23, 2010 at 3:18 PM

    Super excited to see how this blog develops! 🙂

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    Dognbird
    March 23, 2010 at 5:27 PM

    This is definitely good food for thought!

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    Sara Code-Kroll
    March 23, 2010 at 6:48 PM

    Exciting new blog, Candice! I’ll definitely be checking in often. <3

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    elisabeth
    March 23, 2010 at 6:54 PM

    Congrats on the new blog! Excited to see what’s to come!

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    Julianne
    March 23, 2010 at 8:08 PM

    I always love to see what other people have to imput because you never know what they say or suggest might just trigger something even more amazing between the two (or more) of you.

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    Jen
    March 23, 2010 at 8:42 PM

    Congrats on the beautiful new blog! And your points are well taken – what’s that expression? Collaboration is the necessity of invention… ; )

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    uberVU - social comments
    March 24, 2010 at 12:31 AM

    Social comments and analytics for this post…

    This post was mentioned on Twitter by eventjubilee: New blog post! http://candicecoppola.com/2010/03/it-takes-a-village/

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    Beth Chapman
    March 24, 2010 at 1:55 AM

    Love the new blog. I feel so fortunate to be one of the people that you choose to collaborate with you. Your creativity and talents are inspiring!

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    carla ten eyck
    March 27, 2010 at 1:40 AM

    ‘plays well with others’ love it!!!! and love the new blog girl!!

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