Artists come in many shapes, sizes, talents, and abilities. Some are supremely talented, some moderately talented, and others have talent that is harder to recognize. What makes this so? Who are we to determine what is ‘good’ and what is ‘bad’?
Art is subjective. What sounds amazing to some, sounds like cacophonous noise to others. What some people find ugly, others find beautiful. Beauty truly does lie in the eye of the beholder and with that in mind let’s talk about the fear of being labeled as ‘bad’.
As artists we have our modalities, be it music, writing, painting, etc., and accompanying those outlets is the dreaded ego. Our egos can be a blessing and a curse. On one hand, knowing yourself is a healthy and empowering endeavor, while letting the ego run unchecked can not only send you speeding into new and uncharted levels of ass-holery, but it can drastically skew your vision of yourself. That vision of yourself and those that surround you is where the fear comes into play.
You want to sing a song. You want to write a novel. You want to paint a picture…but what if it sucks?. What if people hate it? What if people think I don’t have any talent? To quote sci-fi classic ‘Dune’, “Fear is the mind killer.” and it is this fear that kills the creative process. The ego, in a desperate act of self-preservation, stands up and says, “I can’t create that! I’m scared of being bruised!” And just like that, the creative flow is stopped and you’re safe. That safety comes with a price…your art.
And yet here is hope! Art is subjective. Within these three words lies the power to create to your hearts content! Because of the way people view art, you will inevitably create something that people hate, but who cares? The flip side is that you will inevitably create something that someone will love. If you know that your creation isn’t going to please everyone, then you can release your fear of disappointing others (and yourself) and let your talent flow.
Art is a beautiful expression of the self. Art is creation. Stop being afraid of what others think and allow that song, novel, or painting to be born. ~ DMac