How to battle crippling fears?
Face them head on and dare to fail.
An artist's life is full of uncertainties; The unstable life style, head in the cloud that is always seeking for inspiration, a constant balancing between the artistic life and the 'business' side, and often finding one's self defending the choice of leading an artist's life. (everyone enjoys art but many judge the artist - go figure).
I'd call an artist's life style 'a beautiful chaos.'
And the fears.... there are many.
What will be my next job? WHEN will I work again? WILL I ever work again!?
The inner critical voice and the outer critical voice both show up when one brings up the brave act of art into the world. Sure, one can repeat the mantra 'haters gonna hate' over and over again, but in the unkind world of social media... trolls are rampant, and haters carry a megaphone.
If you ever had a job interview...you got a taste of the fear of rejection that artists (this may be more relevant specifically to actors) face on a daily basis. How easy it is then to brush up against a shaky self esteem and a crippling self doubt. How easy it is to want to hide in a corner and not dare to fail again. Standing up again and again and facing the rejection, or the downfall, or the opinion of an audience - be it a reader, a watcher, a buyer... requires BRAVERY. The kind of bravery that you had on your first day of first grade, when you were shaking in your knees from the new world you were going to enter. The unknown world of your peers.
That first day of first grade repeats many many times in an artist's life, and the artist must walk into the classroom with an open heart, bravery, and the daring to fail.
In April 2020, while experiencing her first ever global pandemic, Tamar Pelzig pledged to write something every day, even if it's only a word, so she welcomed to the world a daily blog to keep her creative writing wheels rolling.
Header Art: Daniel Landerman