If we are willing to put our creative work out there – into the world in some way – it will be judged and ranked. What if our book doesn’t make it to a bestseller list, our painting is not accepted by a gallery, our blog doesn’t show up on a Google page one, or […]
In the movie The Black Dahlia (2006), based on her infamous murder, struggling actress Elizabeth Short (aka “The Black Dahlia,” played by Mia Kirshner) is shown auditioning for role after role. Scarlett Johansson (who acted in the movie) said she has “a lot of friends who are very talented actors and musicians who struggle… “Any […]
Novelist Junot Díaz is a Professor of Writing at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He is “a writer whose finely crafted works of fiction offer powerful insight into the realities of the Caribbean diaspora, American assimilation, and lives lived between cultures.” New York Times writer Sam Anderson recently interviewed him, and Diaz provides a number of helpful perspectives on creative expression, for any kind of artist.
Even people with exceptional creative talents and accomplishments can feel insecure.
Meryl Streep, for example, has said, “I have varying degrees of confidence and self-loathing…You can have a perfectly horrible day where you doubt your talent… …
“My personal creative process has always been very torturous, because I try to be a perfectionist. That’s the way the ego works.” Director Alejandro González Iñarritu, who goes on to say about ego: “It’s extraordinarily demanding; it’s a dictator; and it can push you to bring out the best in yourself. “But at the same […]