Hiding The Artist
Be kind to your inner artist. They are sensitive, intuitive and creative. For a long time, I denied that part of me and tried to please others. That didn’t work out so well. I felt out of whack and incomplete. I have a creative mind and a need to express it. Allowing that artistic side of me to flourish has helped my business and analytical mind as well. I tackle problems in a more creative way and make connections that lead to interesting solutions. If I were to deny the artistic me, I would have a much harder time writing, acting or even cooking. I definitely need those creative skills while cooking.
You Can’t Sit with Us
Most people have some sort of creative mojo waiting to get out and affect the world. But there is a certain stigma attached to practicing artistry. Actors, writers, painters and dancers get brushed off and mocked for loving to create. Ironically, we appreciate art as long as someone else does it. We especially appreciate a dead artists’ work. It’s tragic that more creative minds aren’t appreciated while living and actively producing art.
Rarely do people realize that those artists were once in the same position, conflicted about their creative urges. The few that break through, generally singers, actors and best selling authors, receive praise and awards. While awards are nice, those things aren’t what most artists gravitate toward.
Money, Money, Money
The focus in our and many societies is on money. Money is necessary to buy basic needs, but not the only way to measure success. As an artist, I feel a sense of success whenever I complete a project or master a new skill set. Fortunately, those feelings are free. Anyone pursuing an art that pays little and demands a lot will have moments where they want to stop. It may be your time to quit. It may be a momentary frustration. Take a break. Allow yourself to feel the frustration and use it to fuel your creativity. Art isn’t without frustration or doubt. Often it is the expression of that frustration and doubt that produces the best results.
For Art’s Sake
Everyone else will be hard on the artist. You practice being kind instead. Set aside time to practice your art. Take on projects just because you want to explore an aspect of artistry. I’ve written articles that will never be published. I’ve rehearsed scenes that no one will ever see. I’ve reviewed and improved over and over.
To others it’s wasted time. To me each moment was worth it. I was able to learn, to explore and to imagine. I approach business in a fresh way because of those experiences. I grow as a person and an artist each time I write or act. To me that is priceless.
Are you hard on yourself or judgmental of your creative urges? Do you feel conflicted? Share this post with an artist you know.