Hi everyone, it’s Emily!
As I build my channel, I have been reflecting on what I love about sharing content with others and following others content. I love to learn from other creatives. I believe everyone can be creative and should be in one way or another, so I decided to start a workshop series to share what advice I have about putting your work into the world and making a difference with your craft and ideas.
In this video, I’m going to discuss the importance of trusting in yourself when creating.
So, let’s get started!
1. Defining Creatives: What Makes Us Unique?
Creators are not a cog in the machine. Creators are problem solvers. We create a new way forward. Creating comes out of desire for a new truth, a new way to solve a problem, a new approach, a new way to serve another person.
We don’t create senselessly; we create to make things better. At the same time we don’t create solely for an output. We are not necessarily looking for a result because the process is what is most important. The process is what we can control. When we allude to the process, we acknowledge that creativity is not an event. It is just simply what we do.
This may be confusing, but I can think of a quote that puts this plainly from the late, great Kobe Bryant:
“Those times when you get up early and you work hard, those times when you stay up late and you work hard, those times when you don’t feel like working, you’re too tired, you don’t want to push yourself, but you do it anyway. That is actually the dream. That’s the dream. It’s not the destination, it’s the journey. And if you guys can understand that, then what you’ll see happen is you won’t accomplish your dreams, your dreams won’t come true; something greater will.”
For creatives, the journey can also be referred to as the process. To enjoy what you do you have to enjoy the process and not focus on just the outcome
2. Why creatives should not seek reassurance
Nothing ever works perfectly or how we plan it to. When we don’t know what to expect we either seek reassurance or give reassurance as a way of protection. But when we want change to happen, we must understand that something just won’t work. That’s part of learning, and it shouldn’t discourage us. Reassurance cannot compensate for lack of commitment because the satisfying feeling of being reassured does not last.
That leaves us with one option - trust yourself. You have to be a leader for yourself. Reassurance also amplifies attachment. As I said before we cannot get attached to an outcome. We must pursue the creative process instead of focusing on success. Successful artists know that certainty is not required to create and make change.
Hope is the key to trusting yourself but recognizing that what we are working on right now may not work.
3. Why artists don’t need to please everyone
Everyone has different thoughts, beliefs, and desires, and that’s ok. Your work will not be for everyone and you probably don’t want that. Work that pleases the masses is different from work that pleases a certain group of people.
It’s okay to say that your work is not for everyone. Your work as a creative exists to serve and change someone and make something better. Mainstream work that pleases the masses requires sacrificing the change that we seek to make. Part of creative work is leaving the safety of your own narrative and entering into someone else’s, so we should happily take on the challenge of taking what you see and believe and understanding what others see and believe. We have to meet the group we seek to serve where they are rather than waiting for them to come to you.
I hope that this advice on being creative has been helpful for you! I encourage you to embrace your creativity unhindered and enjoy the process!
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