Being an Artist isn’t practical or realistic, they said. And it lead to this:
- The one who wanted to be a comedy screen writer inspired by his idol John Hughes but feared taking their creativity seriously, made a profitable career as a film producer.
- The gifted musician and singer/songwriter who can captivate an audience but feared taking their creativity seriously, made a successful but unhappy career at a major record label as an sound technician.
- The one who yearned to be an author of many books but feared taking their creativity seriously, made a career out of repping other creative people.
- The filmmaker who envisioned making documentaries of eye-opening and inspiring stories but feared taking their creativity seriously, made an unhappy career as a camera assistant.
- The one who wanted to be a children’s book writer and illustrator but feared taking their creativity seriously, made a successful yet unhappy career as a graphic designer for a top marketing company.
We are taught going the artistic route means we must be the “starving artist” – broke, unhappy, alone, crazy, scattered. This is an extreme, this a made-up story, this is a fear of failure. We are taught, “Who do you think you are that you’re so special and creative and talented that you can make it as a Creative?” We are taught it is selfish and irresponsible to pursue a passion calling that requires and allows for our own free will.
This is all bullshit.
It takes a great deal of strength to unlearn all you’ve been taught about how unrealistic it is to pursue a path that relies on your creativity, imagination, and bright ideas. But if you can, and it won’t be easy – it will require a fight and a major mindset shift – you can’t even begin to predict just what this world has to offer you and what you have to offer it.
By the way… it’s never too late to see what you’re made of…