The Difficulties of Forming a Creative Identity

Whether it’s fine art, film making, writing, fashion, music, or anything creative, it’s hard to develop your voice. You feel the pressure to do it all. Well, you can’t and it’s okay.

When you first enter a creative field, it’s huge. There are so many different types of things to do. Everything excites you.

Yet, there is a lot of competition. You fear that not doing enough will make you undesirable for anyone to hire. That fear makes you jump on anything presented to you. You try to tick every box in the industry. This might make you feel accomplished, but you get lost on who you are as a creative mind.

That is why you need to first think about what you want to do exactly. You don’t have to have a very specific idea and you shouldn’t. That sounds so contradictory, but you have to build depth in something without boxing yourself in. You don’t want people to typecast you or else it makes it hard for you to experiment later on.

To succeed, you have to have depth and range. Both are needed because you have to develop your skills well while being opened to different opportunities. It’s hard to achieve this without spreading yourself thin.

My advice is to take your time to figure your creative identity. Taking the time will help you see what works and what doesn’t work. Don’t let the pressure get to you.


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