Photo by Randy P. Martin
It can be really hard to be creative. You might get frustrated with your projects not turning out how you’d imagined them…
…or , there might be someone who you think is a lot better than you, and you just can’t stop from comparing yourself to them.
You might feel like you’re not worthy, talented, smart, or in some way just not good enough.
That is all complete bullshit.
YOU ARE EXTRAORDINARY!
THERE IS NO ONE ELSE LIKE YOU!
YOU SEE THE WORLD THROUGH YOUR VERY OWN EYES!
(Do you believe that? YES – good… if NO, – work on it…)
Artists have a hard time being objective when it comes to their own work.
At the last family art show my brother Shepherd had his drawings laid out for people to look through, after awhile he decided to throw away one he didn’t think was very good — just after he’d gotten rid of it, a young man came to the sales table to purchase his items. He ruffled through Shepherd’s drawings for a long time, and then looking confused, pronounced,” the drawing I wanted isn’t in here! Did someone else buy it?” After thinking for a minute, I got the drawing out of the recycling bin and the young man bought it.
Out of 30 or so drawings — he wanted the one Shepherd had thrown away!
This sort of thing happens all the time!
As an artist/maker/whatever/ – you need to take pleasure in the “act of making” – itself. People might latch on to something that you’d never even thought of as special, — while totally ignoring what you’re most proud of!
Another thing that’s helpful to remember is that people respond to passion, truth, and joy.
Photo by Katiesilvester
what that means is — if you do something with passion people can tell, If something is true people sense it, and If you do it with joy — people feel your joy!
I was at a dance party recently and one guy was an extremely awkward dancer, but he was having so much fun that it made everyone else feel more free.
I know what it’s like to feel crippled by fear and self-doubt, but at the end of the day -I am too passionate to give a fuck!
I am dancing– I am on the stage– I am calling you out! Get your ass up, and come dance with me!