There comes a time in every artist’s career when you start to doubt that you’re even good at all. You wonder if you’re still creating due to a love of art as opposed to making art for the sake of it (or for money or critical acclaim), and you feel really stuck. You want to give up and leave art to the “real artists.” You wonder if maybe you should get a more realistic career prospect (I hear dentistry makes a decent amount of money).
When that happens, I’ve found that the best thing to do is take a break. Tired? Take a nap. Stop telling yourself that your art has to be perfect or that you have to do it a certain way or that you have to do it at all. You don’t have to do anything, and you sure as hell don’t have to be anything.
Maybe you’ll take a break from making only good art. You’re more than welcome to make shitty art. Making shitty art is one of the greatest pleasures of life. Draw butts because butts are fun. Write a song about absolutely nothing. Don’t even try to make it good. Just have fun with it.
Maybe you’ll take a complete break from making your art for a while, and discover a love for another form of art or another field entirely. That’s fine too. Just because you loved something once doesn’t mean you have to love it forever.
Or maybe you’ll just take a break from being so damn hard on yourself. You’ll stop telling yourself that you have to be perfect or that you have to know everything right now. You’ll stop telling yourself that you have to either quit everything right now or continue everything forever (I promise that you always have more options). You’ll stop telling yourself that you suck. You’ll stop telling yourself that you either haven’t earned the success you have or that you’ll never be successful (you are an artist, and you earned this the first time you made art.)
No matter what you do, take a break. It doesn’t have to be a long break. Heck, if you want, it can be a 5 seconds break, but take a break. If it doesn’t work out, you can always take a break from taking a break.
And remember: this is normal. You’re doing just fine. Whatever you decide next, it’s okay. Breathe in. Breathe out. You’re wonderful.
do you ever have that feeling….
technology makes everything imaginary, my friend
yeah I should go to bed now.