ARTISTS: 😱 What if you’re the imposter?? 😱

Updated: Jun 11, 2019

Do you feel like you are running away from your “style” for fear of getting locked into something you’ll eventually grow out of?

I can totally understand that fear.

A friend of mine commented that my new work feels less formulaic and that it seems like I am exploring more of the artist within.

I responded that I feel like I’m uncovering a voice that is all mine, and by virtue is impossible to replicate. Not that I was “lying” before, but I got to a dead end with what I was able to say in it. Every part of the older work is more surface-level, leaving me with an urge to go deeper.

One of the things that we discussed was the idea of comfort and safety. We make assumptions about what is expected of us as artists. Although we as human beings appreciate comfort and safety for ourselves and our loved ones, we rarely ask for that in the artists that we admire.

What are some adjectives that describe the artists we look up to?

Honest? Bold? Innovative?

And people tend to get bored of comfort and safety in creative pursuits, don’t they?

Once we understand where the source of the fear is, we can start to move beyond it.

This fear manifests itself in a concept known as “Imposter Syndrome.” Heard of it? It is the psychological phenomenon where one believes that they are not as competent as everyone around them believes they are, and that one day they will be discovered as a fraud.