Do you ever feel like quitting your dream job?
For many of us, being a photographer was the ‘dream job’; it was the one job we always desired more than anything to do day in and day out for the rest of our foreseeable future. Photography allowed us a creative outlet and gave us the gift of creating memories for our clients and to empower other human beings with amazing photos of themselves that give them the freedom to own who they are and be confident in their skin.
But, it’s also emotionally draining at times. There is so much work that goes into creating and running a photography business-- the hours spent on social media, marketing, editing sessions and the 24/7 thinking about your business. All of those necessary parts of your business, besides the fun part that is actually taking the photograph, can often make us overwhelmed and perhaps make the thought of quitting cross your mind daily.
Photography is something we LOVE and put our whole selves into, and the heart that makes us love what we do is the same heart that can make it hard to do what we do-- it becomes personal. The work you do becomes a piece of you and that is often why it’s so easy to become burnt out and question your future in this field…
Do you feel like you can’t keep up with the demand and the trends, what you’re seeing on social media or in magazines?
Suddenly you start to feel like you aren’t valued enough for what you’re doing.
Do you feel like your work lacks in all different areas?
This builds up and you start to feel like YOU aren’t good enough.
This is the Artist's Curse and we all go through it.
When we spend too much time on social media, scrolling the highlights reels of others, we begin to believe the lie that we should be doing the same. When we start to question why we aren’t creating the same thing, we start to give in to peer pressure to be the same as everyone else.
When we feel our work is not good enough we need to embrace the thought. We need to go through it, question it and come through on the other side stronger and better for exploring what makes us feel like we aren’t good enough. Perhaps the very reason you feel like you aren’t good enough is because there is something inside of you that wants to get out and create work that challenges you, makes you grow, and allows you to push the limits you’ve set on yourself.
These are growth spurts. We all go through them from time to time and they will never go away. Take these growth spurts as an opportunity to push, to learn and to come back stronger than ever before with a vision so clear it’s like you’re seeing for the first time. Don’t quit your gift. You were born to do this. You see, the Artist’s Curse is a gift when you look at it from the other side.
(Photo credit Katie Burnett @edmontonboudoir)