I’ve known for a long time that it’s inevitable that all of us are going to suffer disappointments as we move along in our creative lives, but that still doesn’t make things any easier or any more prepared when it happens. I had a major setback yesterday, and as much as I’m trying to stay positive, I’m feeling very discouraged and frustrated today. The majority of the time I’m excited about the work I’m doing and I have no trouble staying focused, but today is a different story.
In today’s post, I’d like to talk about having a tough experience and how to keep yourself going even in the most challenging situations. It’s a topic that I don’t think gets talked about often; most people are busy trying to demonstrate how successful they are and how great everything is. I’m here to talk about the brutal reality that comes with being an artist. Some days it’s hellishly difficult to keep going, and there are no easy answers or solutions to everything that arises. So what do you do? In this situation I reach out to my colleagues and friends. When I do, I’m frequently surprised at how many people out there believe in me. In these situations, they provide me with the support and motivation I need to move on. A colleague of mine, who recently won one of the most prestigious grants out there for artists, assured me that there were many years where he was “just making his work and nothing else happened.” You have to continue to believe in yourself even when it truly feels like no one else does; that’s what I’ll be working on today.