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an unpleasant emotion caused by the belief that someone or something is dangerous, likely to cause pain, or a threat.
Fear. What can we say about the word fear? We have fear in a lot of things and for us in the field of creativity its pretty much the same. I don’t know about you or anyone else, but for me, it’s a whole other thing.
For years I let fear take over a lot of things in my life. There were times when I let fear hold me back on a few things. For example, I always wanted to try modeling and I did get that chance, but I was too scared. When I think about it now, if I tried it, I wouldn’t be in the most boring job ever. There were reasons I let fear take precedence over my life. I wasn’t good, special, or pretty enough. I would just think I didn’t have what it takes to try even the simplest things.
As an artist… the same thing. I’ve had this gift for a long time and I just put it in the back burner, because again, I didn’t think I had it in me to be a great illustrator, a great artist. I’m now at the realization that this is a God-given gift and I don’t want it taken away from me. I’ve let not only fear but also procrastination take over.
I know that now is the time to put my gifts to use. I’ve started back with sketching and painting again. I’m always trying to improve my techniques, because let’s be honest, no one is a perfect artist, now matter if your a musician, a singer, songwriter, graphic designer, filmmaker, or even a fashion designer…I’ve learned that you may be at the height of your career, but it never hurts to keep practising, to keep sharpening your skills.
Another thing, don’t let negative people talk you out of your dreams, your goals, a lot of times I just tell a few positive folks about what I want to do. Not everybody wants to see you succeed in life. It’s a sad, but true fact. Don’t get too comfortable with where you think you don’t need any more growth. This falls in where I said about sharpening your skills. Again, there is always room for improvements.
What am I saying? It’s natural to feel fear, but there comes a time to look at it dead in the face and kick it permanently to the side. All you need is faith. How do you think Steve Jobs, Oprah Winfrey, Mark Zuckerberg, and other how they got where they are? Faith. So the next time you feel fear, which you will, do you yield to it or take faith and jump?
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