We’re really hard on ourselves…you know…us creatives. And most of the time you we don’t even know it or realize it. We beat ourselves up over our art and the journey our art takes us on. I’m sure this applies to all creatives, but I will talk about the specific ones that I am, know about, or am often around. If we act, we tend to think “I could’ve made a different choice and it would’ve been so much better” or “I’m not booking anything, is this even for me – am I terrible? Am I too fat? Too black? Too white? Not enough? Everyone I know is booking something except me.” If we write, (4,643,432 revisions and start overs later) we think along the lines of “This is terrible, who is going to want to see or read this? Why am I doing this?” If we are photographers, we hate 499 images of the 500 images we shoot and wonder “Am I even a real photographer or do I just like to take pictures?” If we are filmmakers and directors it’s “I’m never going to be as good as *insert super talented filmmaker/director here that’s been doing it for over 25 years*” or “ I don’t have any money to make this movie so who am I kidding?”
I can go on and on. The problem is that most of the time we can find everything that we think is wrong with our current scenarios and not enough of what’s right. What’s also unfortunate is that sticking to that mentality can lead you to depression. #HelloItsMe I am stuck in this mentality most of the time and usually the Universe will find a way, (sometimes subtle, oftentimes not) to make me see what others see and are inspired by.
Let’s not get this twisted - my goal is to somehow keep people inspired in whatever it is that they do, but I’d be a damned liar if I said I’m always inspired and always looking for the good in everything. I think that’s a learned behavior and I’m still working on that. All of those examples have crossed my mind and/or come out of my mouth at one point or another. If this is something that happens to you, I urge you to just take a moment to think about what you could possibly be doing right in regard to your art. Are you actively auditioning? Are you actively writing, shooting and making films, are you actively producing your own work? If you are actively doing that, then that’s more of your brain working for you and not against you. That’s more great energy you’re surrounding yourself with and attracting to you.
Take a moment today and think about what you are doing that others are not. Be kind to yourself and give yourself some credit for once. Feels kind of good right? Now try to do the same thing tomorrow…and the following day. The day after that just might be really shitty but remember...it's a process and I'm living proof to show you so.