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The Creative Process Ep. 1: Tori Templet

About Tori @tori.templet

I was born and raised in Atlanta, GA, and I am now a junior at Baylor University. I first got into music in high school when I began singing and learning how to play the ukulele and guitar. I released my first song in November of 2018, and since then, I have released 6 more songs. Music is what I am most passionate about. I am always writing and learning more about the music industry. As I finish up my college years, I am continually learning more about how to balance being a full-time student while also pursuing my music career.

How do you define creativity?

I think the definition of creativity is different for everyone, and it all depends on what you’re passionate about. For me, creativity is using my imagination to turn something into a story. Whether it’s music, writing, or designing, my creative thought process surrounds everything I do and every aspect of my life. 


What inspires your projects? 

I’m usually inspired by my personal experience and story. I think I'm most creative when I’m going through major changes in my life whether it’s relationships, moving to a new place, finding new interests, anything of the sorts. 


What does being a creative mean to you? 

To me, being a creative means I have the ability to share stories and songs with people in the most unique ways. I get to explore new ideas every day, and each day is different.  


What is your favorite piece of work you’ve ever done?

My favorite piece that’s released that I’ve ever created is my song "Classic." That song was originally just an idea in my head while I was in the shower one day. It sounds kind of funny, but honestly, those are the best kinds of beginnings of ideas. I never thought "Classic" would turn into my favorite song. It’s rare for me to voluntarily listen to my music after it’s released, but I would listen to "Classic" all day even if it wasn’t by me. 


What is your least favorite piece of work?

"Right Here" was my first single I ever released. I know people love it, and I love that for them. But for me, it was the beginning of my music. I wasn’t sure what kind of sound I wanted or how I wanted to portray the song. Although I loved it when I first created it, my sound has evolved and changed a lot. It will always hold a special place in my heart because it was the beginning of everything, but there is so much more to come that I love a lot more.


What is one piece of advice you would give to someone wanting a creative career or creative outlet? 

Seek out joy in the waiting. With creative careers, there are always going to be ups and downs. It’s important to be grateful for the space you are in right now. I have a tough time not constantly looking towards the future, and it hinders me from being thankful for where I am now. It’s okay to be excited for what’s to come, but do not let it take away from all the possibilities of today. 


What decade would you thrive in and why?

The 90's, 100%. My fashion sense takes inspiration from the 90's as well as the décor in my room. I’m a ’99 baby, and I will always be a little melancholy at the fact that I didn’t get to live through that decade. 

 

Theme song of your life?

Good Days by SZA :’)


What is your biggest dream in life?

I just want to be able to use my creativity and imaginative mind in every aspect of my life. I want to enjoy whatever it is I’m doing wholeheartedly and to never settle for less than that. I want to become something that my younger self would be proud of. Creativity is at the center of it all. To surround myself with curiosity, joy, and possibility. And to never get stuck inside a dull box that hinders me from my full potential. 


Favorite ice cream flavor? 

Chocolate chip cookie dough


What makes your work different from others? 

I think with different experiences comes different stories. The things I have gone through are going to be different from others. I try to be as genuine and honest in my writing as I can. For the most part, I do all my own writing which means everything is coming from me and my heart, and I think that is what sets me apart.


What is the most useless talent you have?

I cheered for 13 years and was a diver for 14 years. Looking back, sports were something I was super passionate about, which then turned into music in high school. But now, backflips and flexibility are weird party tricks that come in handy every once in a while ☺.


What is your love language? 

If we’re talking cookie cutter love languages, words of affirmation and quality time are my love languages.

Other things could be asking me to sing a song for you, referencing New Girl, anything that has to do with Harry Styles, trips to Sonic, and providing snacks on my rough days hehe.


Who would be the least interesting fictional character to meet? The most interesting? 

Least interesting: Jar Jar Binks – need I say more? 

Most interesting: Sebastian from La La Land. My favorite movie in the whole world. His passion for music made me want to create more and to follow my dreams. 

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