Today I’m speaking to the musicians, designers, artists, writers, business owners, leaders, photographers, ERRBODY about creativity. Every single day I am inspired by the creativity around me whether it's a random Facebook video or a street performer. I love seeing artists in their element buuuuut I know that the artistic spirit can be a challenge! Lemme throw some Respeck on my girl, Maya!
My homegirl Maya Angelou once said, “There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you.” Telling your story and living your truth is much easier said than done, especially if you are expressing your truth through art.
Creating art is similar to childbirth. Art that you create is deeply loved and cherished, but when complications occur during the process artists run the risk of losing their child or themselves trying to make things perfect. There is something so beautiful about diving into a creative space and having enough mental clarity to produce something amazing- whatever that may be for you. When you pour your passions into a project (alliteration aside) you have to de-clutter your mindset to grow. Consider this “space” sacred and don’t become hypercritical of your work. Every success was once a small idea, and every idea- no matter how small, matters.
Self-criticism was the hardest milestone for me to overcome. I am still in the process of finishing my poetry collection and its been a LONG time coming, ok?!? In the past I would edit, tweak, and change my writing until the LIFE was gone. I worried about what criticism I would receive, or if I would upset someone if I’m brutally honest. I could write for hours- dislike two words of whatever I wrote, then TRASH all of my work out of frustration. I would hit a plateau and feel helpless. I stopped writing for 3 years. 3 whole years.
Thinking about that now makes me nauseous. I literally stifled myself out of the one thing I really enjoy doing! WTF?!?!!?!? I know that makes no sense but I am sure I am not the only one! You don’t have to worry, my book will be on its way soon. In the meantime- WE (yes WE, cuz you’re in here too) have to remember that our steps may not always be right, the colors may be off, the lines may not be straight- but the only perfect art is the art you create from your heart.
My advice is “Create freely.” No one limits you but you. Stay persistent and leave so much of yourself in your work that you can’t bear to change it.
Tell your story.
The world is waiting to hear from you.
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