Many artists I know are not very confident. Some quite openly admit to it, others put up a front to hide their self-doubt.
Deep inside, we all want to be liked, and we are all scared to fail. Fear of failure can sometimes lead to not even trying.
When was the last time you didn’t even try, because you believed what you have to offer cannot possibly be good enough? Why did you believe this was the case, and who told you so? Yourself, or someone else?
You ask me why I spend my life writing? Do I find entertainment? Is it worthwhile? Above all, does it pay? If not, then, is there a reason? I write only because there is a voice within me that will not be still. ~ Sylvia Plath
Sylvia Plath (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Write down the reasons why you are doing your art. Be honest, there are no RIGHTs or WRONGs.
And then have a close look at that list and ask yourself if you are looking at a job or a calling, or a mix of both.
Does the balance feel right? Has it changed over the years?
If it did: Are you happy with that shift? If not: