A Creative Pep Talk

To all of you creative folks out there…LISTEN UP!

Let’s talk about the creative process a little bit. The process of coming up with original ideas, developing skills, fitting pieces together, editing, refining and knowing when something is finished. Sometimes, especially to someone watching from the outside, it may seem like everything just falls into place effortlessly. But I know, and I’m sure you do too, that that is very rarely the case. Most of the time, it can be a frustrating process, and the end product can fall short of the vision that you had in mind at the beginning.

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Sometimes it’s hard to keep pushing through when what is coming out of the process doesn’t live up to your ambition. I feel like this all the time. Really, I do. It’s not uncommon for me to be a little bit unsatisfied with a final painting or illustration, because in my mind, I know that it doesn’t quite match what I had set out to accomplish. But you know what? That’s okay. Actually, I think that’s a good sign. It tells me that I have room to improve, and develop, and evolve, and it lights a little fire in me to keep pushing myself down the path of improvement. That’s why it’s called a process. Embrace it! Don’t let the frustration that you feel in the midst of it stop you.  Keep working!

This line of thinking isn’t limited only to those of us in the creative field – it translates to almost everything. I actually find a lot of joy in seeing myself improve, develop new skills, and just get better – not only in my artistic career, but it other areas as well. It’s something that I think about all the time.

I recently ran across this video, and it sums all of this up better than I ever could. It comes from NPR’s Ira Glass, so of course he says it better. Don’t miss this! Here’s your pep talk…

:: Carrie ::

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  1. Alyssa says:

    Hi! I am a big fan of your work and have just recently stated following your blog!
    I also experience this phenomena, like you said- i’m sure many creative types do! I find this happening to me as I struggle through the startup phase of my small business too.
    Never feeling satisfied with what we’ve done is what keeps us creative peeps going though- striving for better and always so self-critical. It’s a painful trait sometimes, but ultimately such a powerful tool! :)

    Love love love that piece by Ira- it’s so well said!

  2. Nancy says:

    Great video! Really needed to hear this today :)

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