As a lawyer, I appreciate the fine art of words. I don’t always stop and think about the definition of a word, but today, I’m going to define “creative control” in two ways. The first, by looking up the words in the dictionary. The second, my interpretation.
Creative Control: Artistic control or creative control is a term commonly used in media production, such as movies, television, and music production. A person with artistic control has the authority to decide how the final product will appear. In movies, this commonly refers to the authority to decide on the final cut. When a production manager/director does not have artistic control, the studio that is producing the project commonly has the final say on production.
1: marked by the ability or power to create : given to creating <the creative impulse>
2: having the quality of something created rather than imitated : imaginative <the creativearts>
3: managed so as to get around legal or conventional limits <creative financing>; also : deceptively arranged so as to conceal or defraud <creative accounting>
1a archaic : to check, test, or verify by evidence or experiments b : to incorporate suitable controls in <a controlled experiment>
2a : to exercise restraining or directing influence over : regulate b : to have power over : rule c : to reduce the incidence or severity of especially to innocuous levels <control an insect population> <control a disease>
: to incorporate controls in an experiment or study —used with for <control for socioeconomic differences>
At the end of my life, when I look back on my years on this Earth, I want to proudly say that I was creative. In order to live creatively, I have defined creative control in this way:
the ability to express myself in my own unique way, on my own schedule, without asking for permission.
Sounds about right. I’ve discovered my WHY.