Being a creative entrepreneur can get lonely sometimes. Especially when you’re a one man/woman show. Here are some common things about being a creative entrepreneur that makes us feel vulnerable and some tips for getting over them.
1. Coming Up With Ideas
There’s nothing more nerve wracking than facing your ideas. Especially when they are not so great. What make us feel the most vulnerable when coming up with ideas is the pressure. This is especially true when you have deadlines to work with. And even when the deadline passes, we often wonder if we would have thought of better ideas, given the chance and a longer time frame.
Tip: Keep a journal of your ideas. You could call it your idea book. Refer to your journal when you feel like you’ve run out of ideas. Stop overthinking. Let go of projects when they are over. Instead, channel that energy towards making your next project amazing.
2. Presenting Your Ideas
The worst part is that you can’t tell how great or terrible your idea is until you’ve presented it to someone and they share their objective feedback. That space between creating the idea and sharing it with either your boss or your client is an incredibly vulnerable and lonely space to be in. Yet a lot of creatives go through it every day.
Tip: Stay focused on how much better presenting your work to people will make you (and your work). I know how you feel, and it’s not the best feeling. But it’s definitely worth it. Plus, what’s the point of creating without sharing it with people? Or getting feedback from people so you can grow in your craft?
3. Dealing with Rejection
What’s worse than having to sum up the courage to present your ideas to other people. Dealing with rejection. Boy, does that increase the vulnerability? We feel even more alone when everyone in the room agrees that “the idea is great but it just doesn’t work for the project.” It usually feels like a slap in the face, really. Especially after all the hardwork you’ve put into the project. This means we are back to step one, coming up new ideas.
Tip: Here is the cold truth that every entrepreneur/creative will have to get used to: rejections are forever. Even my creative director deals with rejection. Experience doesn’t equate to perfection. You should be more focused on how best you and your team can execute a project and make it as successful as it can be! And if that entails your going back to the drawing board 10 times, you should be willing to go all the way. Think about it this way. If the project isn’t successful then your idea would never get noticed outside the confines of your office or school. Think big. Think bigger than just you.
The “Being a Creative Entrepreneur” Hustle
This one here is so ingrained into the experience of being a creative/entrepreneur, that we all know this struggle all too well. I saw a friend at church the other and asked her how she’s doing. And she responded, “I’m fine o. Just hustling.” And I thought silently to myself, “girl, me too.” We hustle so hard that sometimes we miss out on the best parts of life. And it’s not cause we want to, it’s cause we feel like we have to. This ends up making us feel alienated from our closest friends and family.
Tip: Schedule time into your calendar to spend time with your loved ones. Seriously. They are worth it! What else says I care about you and I really want to make sure I don’t miss out on your life than scheduling time to hang out with your friends and family? My family and I are going to see Black Panther next week and it’s scheduled into our calendars. Ha!
Dealing with Your Natural Tendency to Isolate Yourself
Okay so it goes like this: teachers have a natural tendency to correct with love, psychologists have a natural tendency to pick at people’s minds, and creatives have a natural tendency to isolate themselves. If no one is going to be the first to admit it, I will. I’ve always felt this way but I have learned, over time that isolation is not good. So I’ve learned to improve on my communication skills and to make an effort to keep in touch with people in order to grow and expand my network. It has paid off really well.
Tip: Yes, some of us were born that way. But we can change. Remember that no man is an island and isolating yourself can separate you from people who could help you get to where you are headed, faster.
Being a creative entrepreneur, do you relate to any of these experiences? Were any of these tips helpful?
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