As artists, most of us have grand visions and goals for ourselves, our careers, and our lives. It's very rare for us to actually get there. The primary reason: we constantly get in our own way.
I recently started a group called "Artistic Awareness"(www.facebook.com/groups/artist…). I've had the idea for starting this group for a while now. I felt I had something to contribute. I wanted to reach out and help other artists, and in doing so, to help myself with my own struggles. The idea had been there for a while, but it took a long time to get around to actually acting on it. Why? I kept getting stopped, asking myself the same question:
"By what right?"
What right do I have to speak on behalf of others? What right do I have to take a stand? I'm not good enough. I haven't accomplished enough. No one respects me. What right do I have?
It's only recently that I stopped to think about those questions, and I realized that "by what right" is a perfect microcosm of the whole struggle.
I wanted to create an awareness movement for artists and their issues with self-worth, and I was getting stopped by my own issues with self-worth. Ironic, huh?
The fact of the matter is I have something to say. Regardless of whether I'm "good enough" or "accomplished enough," I have something to say. By getting stopped by my own circumstances, I am essentially depriving others of my contribution. I want to be bigger than that. That's why I put all those concerns aside, and that's why I started this group. Thanks for joining me.