Hello fellow artists,
This one is for YOU.
This one if for any of you that might be in a creative rut right now. For anyone who is scared to create because fear of criticism. For anyone who might be looking at their work and hating it because they feel like no progress has been made after all this time. These feelings are normal, and can be overcome by doing one thing... CREATING FREQUENTLY. I know this might seem like a no brainer and maybe even a cliche in the industry, but it holds such great truth in it. I have been through all of those things I listed above and even more, and overcame them only after I was brave enough to put myself out there and created something.
As artists our happy place is when we get to create something that is quintessentially US. Something that screams our name, our personality, our humanity and embodies it in the medium we are gifted at. When you don't create, you don't get that. I totally get why though, the excuses are easy to find. For filmmaking my excuse would be, "well, making a film takes a lot of people and I don't really know anyone that could help me". Wrong, every film I've ever made has been with a crew of less than 5 people, so I could totally do it if I wanted to. The real reason is buried in my own insecurities as an artist.
"What if people think my idea is dumb?"
"What if my equipment fails in the shoot and I have to reshoot?"
"What if my actors don't show up?"
For each artist it will be different. For photographers you could be wanting to do a super stylized shoot, but be afraid of how your peers will react. If you're a painter you might want to switch up styles and try water color instead of oils. The internal dialogue can be persistent as an artist but the only way to put it on mute is to DO THE THING. My favorite quote is quite literally tattooed on my arm, and it helps me a lot with this very thing. I think it can help you too!
"Do the thing you fear and the death of fear is certain" - Ralph Waldo Emerson
A bit philosophical and nerdy, but so true. The only way I ever silenced my fears as an artist, and actually made forward progression with my craft was by actually doing the thing I was afraid to do! With every shoot that was daunting and out of my comfort zone, made me a better artist in the end. Sure it might be scary, but use that fear to your advantage and overcome it. I promise you that doing scary projects is the only way to get back on your creating grind.
So you succeed!!
Most of the time you will come out on top! Look what you've done now, you know that you can conquer your biggest fears. The next project won't be as daunting next time.
But what If I fail?
Being a movie nerd I obviously have a quote for this one as well! This one is from Batman Begins
"Why do we fall sir? So that we can learn to pick ourselves up." - Alfred Pennyworth
Every time you fail at what you set out to do as an artist, believe it or not, strengthens you. You now know what went wrong and how to counter correct for the next time. The greatest artists and thinkers in the world failed exponentially more times than the unknown. Don't believe me? Here is a quote from Thomas J. Watson, the founder of IBM.
"If you want to increase your success rate, double your failure rate."
It is okay to fail! I have had countless projects not turn out exactly like I wanted them too in my head. After each project I was able to take those thing I wished were different and apply them to my next one. As artists we all come from different backgrounds and walks of life, each one of our stories are unique and beautiful. Some may be lucky enough to attend an art school. Some may be like me and learn your craft on your own through videos, and practice. Whether you are practicing by creating in a art school, or by funding your own projects, creation is key.
Get up today and go create something you've really wanted to create. It doesn't matter if it is big or small. Block out any outside noise, and let your creativity flow unencumbered. I DARE YOU. Do this as often as possible. Take me up on this dare, and I promise you will see progress. I promise you will start doubting yourself less. I promise you will jump out of your creative rut and back on your grind.
"Do the thing you fear and the death of fear is certain."
Love you all! Keep hustling hard, I believe in you.
- Joshua Bryan Medlin
Here is a video I made 1 week ago VS one from 4 years ago. The difference you see is because of learning through creation.
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