As an actor or other artist, you are called to a career in the arts. How do you feel about that career and your identity as an artist? How do you stay in touch with your motivation, confidence, and energy?
Here are a few comments by actors about living a creative life and career:
“I really believe that what I do as an actress is my God-given talent.
“This is my calling, not my career.” – Angela Bassett
Loving what you do.
“Acting and music are self indulgent professions and they are a luxury unless you love what you do.
“I have a love/hate relationship with what I do. I think, ‘Where’s the relevance of this? I’m not a doctor, I’m not an aid worker.’
“But then I think you only have one life and I am a vessel for stories to be told.” – Samantha Morton
(Quotes from her imdb bio; photo from article “Samantha Morton: ‘Maybe I was the first person to publicly answer Weinstein’” by Danny Leigh, The Guardian, 2 Oct 2018.)
Creative people and the challenges of arts careers
Dr. Mihaela Ivan Holtz of Creative Minds Psychotherapy helps creative people in TV/Film, performing and fine arts.
In one of her articles for entertainment business site Stage 32, she addresses some of what draws creative people to arts careers, and some of the many challenges.
- Dr. Holtz writes:
You love being an artist. When you create, you feel at home in your own realm of imagination, fantasy, and storytelling.
It feels meaningful and it feels right.
At the same time, you don’t necessarily feel happy or fully satisfied with your career.
You feel that your reality doesn’t quite match your dreams, and that’s a challenging place to be.
It’s hard to feel like you aren’t getting where you want to be in your career.
You keep asking yourself why you’re so stuck.
Did I make the wrong choice to be an artist? Did I overestimate my talent? Am I living in a fantasy world? How did I ever think this is possible?
After all, everyone else says being successful in the arts field is like hitting the jackpot.
How do you bridge the gap between your dreams and reality?
Acknowledge That Creativity is Essential to Who You Are
Only you get to decide if you are a true artist or not.
If you find yourself deeply connected to something greater than yourself when you create, you are an artist.
If you’re drawn to express your feelings, life experiences, hopes, or struggles through acts of creativity, you are an artist.
If you feel alive when you make your art, you are an artist.
Being an artist doesn’t necessarily mean you always feel 100% connected to your art and your sense of creativity.
It does mean, however, that you can readily enter a state of creative flow.
You have the skills and the experience to set the stage for your own creativity to unfold.
You know how to kindle your own inspiration and motivation so you can get back to the work of developing your art.
As a true artist, you have both the need and the ability to reconnect with your creative energy over and over again.
That’s what keeps you alive.
When you’re disconnected from your creative energy for any reason, you feel like you’re dying inside.
Simply said, it’s your responsibility to prevent anything or anyone from taking you away from your creative self.
That amazing creative energy inside you needs to be nurtured and expressed.
If you put a lid on that energy, you end up repressing one of the vibrant aspects of your life force, and that can throw you into a cycle of feeling creatively blocked, stuck, or even anxious or depressed.
Acknowledging the artist within you doesn’t have anything to do with the career you choose. It’s just about you being connected with and manifesting a vibrant part of who you are – your creativity.
Practice Mindful Reality Checks
It’s absolutely essential to look at the reality of your life and circumstances.
You need to have a clear perspective on where you are in your career in relation to what you want to accomplish.
However, looking at reality is a complex process – reality is subjective, deceptive, and multidimensional.
You look at reality through the lenses of your own conflicts, fears, doubts, hopes, and dreams.
Continue reading her article:
Also see more Creative Mind posts featuring excerpts of articles by Dr. Holtz on these and related topics.
“The business is a lot of fun and games and free stuff and fame and fortune and working with people and spotlight and glamour — but the only thing that keeps me in the business is being a messenger for something serious and important…” – Vera Farmiga
From my article It’s a profession so much to do with ego.
Resources for a thriving creative life
Creativity coach and therapist Eric Maisel, PhD is author of more than 50 books, and his interests include creativity, the creative life, and the profession of creativity coaching, which he founded.
About his teaching programs, he notes:
“I want to share with you the ideas, lessons, tactics, and strategies that I’ve learned over the years that I know work.”
Learn more about his multiple products and programs in article:
How to have a more successful creative life – Eric Maisel programs.