There are a lot of things I wish people knowledgeable in the field had told me before I got started as a writer. Any creative field has its ups and downs, different from the more ‘practical’ fields such as math or business or even science. Creative fields are often difficult to become successful in. Education does not seem to matter as much. Experience is highly valued but very hard to get. Mentors and jobs are few and far between. In fact, all creative fields appear to be the most difficult of any of the professions. There are few guidelines and even fewer hard and fast rules. In fact, the very creativity that is so prized is what makes it difficult to know what to look for in an employee or for a profession. In that same thinking, I wanted to give you a few tips on what beginners in the creative fields need to know. Whether you are a writer like me, a painter, a sculptor, a dancer, or even a musician, these tips will give you valuable insight into the profession you have chosen to pursue.
- You have good taste – You know what you like and do not like. You know what works for you. You know what you want to do with your life in a general sense, though you are sort of unclear on the specifics. But you definitely know what works and what does not. What is good and what is bad and what is in between.
- There is a gap – Even though you know what works, your work is just not that good. You get frustrated and annoyed because you know what needs to be done, what your goal was, but you missed it. You missed the mark. Does that mean you are not cut out for this field? No! That is what I am trying to tell you.
- You have potential –What is the difference between potential and success? Failure. Lots and lots of trail an error. Experience. I know, it really is not fun to try and fail over and over again, but that is how you learn. This is the point where most beginners get frustrated and give up. They move on the more ‘suitable’ fields and spend their lives behind a desk, thinking that their talent is only worthy of hobby status.
- Failure is normal –Never, ever give up. If you really have a passion for being creative, then you have to keep going past the failures. It can take years to get past the failure stage. Your work will never seem to be good enough. It will never come out the way you want it too. It will always seem to fall short.
- Do a lot of work – The only way to get past the failure stage is to do a lot of work. Work all the time. Practice every day. Write a lot. Paint a lot. Sing a lot. Dance a lot. Whatever your field, do it all the time. Practice makes perfect, right? Well, practice is also a way to learn, to iron out the wrinkles, to toss out what does not work and refine what does.
- Make deadlines – Even if the deadlines are self-imposed, make them. You need pressure to work well and really get things accomplished. It could be daily, weekly, or monthly deadlines. Make them. Make them harder each time you are successful in completing one. Make them reasonable so you do not get frustrated. Just have deadlines and work hard.
- High volume – Do not just do one thing over and over again. Do a lot of things. Even if they are small, doing different things will teach you different methods. They will help you find out what works for you and what does not. What makes you go faster and be more creative and what bogs you down. Doing varied work means you learn more about who you are and how you create.
- Have goals – If you do not have a goal you are working towards then what is the point of working? It may just be to complete a body of work. It may be to get published or promoted or applauded. It may be someone’s approval or even a paycheck. Whatever your goal is, keep it in mind as you work. It will help to motivate you and remind you what you are working so hard for.
- It is going to take a while- Nothing about this is fast. Work is not fast. Practice is not fast. The point is to take the time to do it right and hope it pays off in the future. You can do things fast but not good or you can do things good but not fast. The choice is up to you.
- You have to fight – This is not easy. You have to work hard. You have to fight past your inner fear of failure. You have to be willing to be hungry and work in meaningless jobs to make ends meet. You have to fight to have time to practice. You have to sacrifice. If you want to be successful, you will have to fight for every inch, every minute, and every dollar you make.
It does not sound like much fun, does it? But being successful in a creative field is a lot of work, a lot of effort and a determined spirit. You cannot learn creativity. You cannot work your way into it. If you have a gift that you want to share with the world, then that is great. Just do not let the difficulties hold you back and make you give up. Having a job you love that uses the things you are good at is well worth all the time and effort you will put into it. Remember, there are different kinds of success. If you are happy and satisfied, then I think that is the best kind of success anyone can hope for.
About the Author:
This guest post is contributed by Debra Johnson, blogger and editor of live in nanny.She welcomes your comments at her email Id: – jdebra84 @ gmail.com.