Friday, September 7, 2012

Creative Confidence?

In the last couple of years since I quit my dead end job, I go through certain phases. "Yes, this illustration thing is awesome" and the "Damn it, I'm not making even close to a living, I need to get a real job". The latter sort of sucks all the energy I have and pushes me into a bit of panic driven crying and journaling. But when I stop and look at the big picture, I know that I'm on a good path and everything takes time...

I've never been that confident of an artist. I always loved drawing and painting but getting my work out there?  Even when people are interested in my work, I seem to let things fall through the cracks. That is a problem I need to get over...now.

I was inspired by this wonderful Ted Talk about creative confidence. It reminds me that the more confidence you have as a creative the stronger you get as an artist/person. 



I know this is a lifelong journey for me. But I have to imagine what it would be like if I did have confidence. Who would I be? What would I be doing? It makes me want to live the saying, "fake it till you make it". Humm...that's is a lot to think about, isn't it?

Who would you be, if you freed yourself of your fears?

2 comments:

roberto m. said...

Hi Debra, the only way to have confidence in yourself is work and work more and more. the only way to progress in drawing is work and work. and good results sometimes take years. Keep doing what you love, you will find inspiration just being yourself. :)

Debra Styer said...

Thanks Roberto, I keep on keeping on.I will say that I have done more artwork this year than I ever have and it does feel pretty good!

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