Doesn’t matter what you make, write, knit, code, film, paint, perform, produce, sculpt, simmer, invent, teach, chisel, craft, bake or build…
There’s a high possibility that at some point in your creative career, you’ve had this experience.
You make something truly awesome.
We’re talking spectacular. Soul-shaking. Next-level, cosmically significant sorta stuff.
It goes out for public consumption and you think, “This is my best work yet. People are going to go nuts for this!!”
As you anxiously await the praise / applause / orders / reviews / congrats / comments / shares ____ (fill in the blank with the validation of your choice), a sinking reality sets in.
Rather than the critical acclaim or endless cha-ching…
All you hear — crickets.
Sadly, what you believe is your best creative work has gone largely ignored.
Of course, a deeper part of you knows that the real win is in the very act of creation. It’s in the journey, the expression, the doing of the darn thing.
But as delicate human beings who also crave a bit of acknowledgement (and if you’re paid for your work, a steady living), it’s also very natural to feel disappointment and self-doubt too.
If you’ve ever felt the sting of silence around what you felt was your best creative work, you’ll appreciate today’s MarieTV.
Program note: if you haven’t seen our episode made especially for artists about the importance of valuing what you do, be sure to watch that here.
Now I’d love to hear from you.
Do you ever feel like your best creative work is being ignored? How do you balance staying true to your creative vision while also being mindful of giving your audience what they want?
Tell us your experience in the comments below and please share as much detail as possible.
Thanks in advance for being kind and generous in your replies. Your shares, stories and insights are what makes this one of the best, most unique and truly soul-affirming spaces across the digital Universe.
With all my love and appreciation,
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