So you’re an aspiring creative, huh? You want to take your creative goals more seriously? You even have dreams of making money off your creative pursuits?
You’re in the right place! Whether you’re a writer, a painter, a photographer, a dancer, or some other sort of creative, you’re my kind of people and I want to share with you the best advice that I can give you from my own experiences as a creative.
Who am I? I’m a novelist, a choreographer, a musician. I’ve always been a creative doing my best to figure things out as I… you know, create. Throw in a little bit of an obsession with self-care and a dream of helping other people make their lives better and I have a ton of advice for you.
Maybe you’ve already started your journey towards whatever creative success means to you, but in case you haven’t, start now! Stop waiting for something to change because the only change you can count on comes from yourself. Make that decision, make the commitment, take the leap, start now.
Believe in yourself.
There are a couple different areas you need to believe in. You need to believe in your skill in your craft, you need to believe in your ability to grow, and you need to believe that you are capable of reaching your creative goals. If you don’t believe in yourself, who will?
Open yourself up to further education.
We always need to learn and grow as human beings (read that post here!) and it applies just as much to our creative pursuits. From now on, you need to move forward with an openness to education. You might learn more about your craft so that your skills can become even better, or you might learn about the business side of things. Just know that you will always have so much more to learn and all of that education will just make things better or easier.
Know when it’s time to invest.
I get it, you might not be ready to buy that fancy piece of equipment, or enrol in that course, or hire a coach. There are tons of free or inexpensive resources out there for you to utilize. But you need to know when it’s time to invest the big bucks. DIYing it will only get you so far. During my own journey, my most prominent steps forward have come from investing in myself.
Get your priorities straight.
I find it helpful to take a minute or two and write in a journal what my priorities are every once in a while. You might prefer to just think through your own priority list, perhaps you have a sticky note next to your work space, or whatever works for you. But the purpose of figuring out your priorities is so you can see if your actions truly reflect what you want to prioritize. If I write down that my priorities are friends and family, writing, coaching, and exercise, but then I think back on my day and realize that I spent a ton of time on Instagram, I’ve suddenly realized that my actions aren’t reflecting my priority list.
And maybe you’ll discover that your creative practice isn’t a priority after all. That’s okay. But get honest with yourself, get your priorities in order, and start doing what you actually want to be doing. There’s a post about setting priorities that you can read here.
There is a whole post on the SHS blog about boundary-setting. You can check it out here. The gist of it is, you need to do it! As an aspiring creative, you’ll need boundaries for when you work on your craft, when you take on clients, when you say no, and more. These boundaries will be all about protecting your wellness and sanity, and helping you find a little balance in your life. I talk about imperfect balance in this post!
Don’t give up.
Depending on your goals as a creative, you might have a long road ahead of you. It will be filled with bumps, potholes, pitstops, crossroads, and a few stretches of smooth roadway. If this creative goal is truly your dream, you cannot give up. You cannot let the bumps knock you down, you can’t let the crossroads take you off course, you cannot give up on yourself.
But that’s why you’ve been learning along the way, and investing in yourself to get education and support, and getting your priorities in order, and setting boundaries. All of that work was so you would be able to get back on the road when something tried to knock you off. Don’t give up.
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Tell me more about your creative journey! What kind of creative are you? Where are you going? Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. I’d love to hear from you!
Enjoy the journey,