Posted on 26th June 2018 by Natasha Moore
It's easy to put a pen to paper, a paintbrush to canvas, but whats more is having the discipline to perfect your skill, the perseverance and resilience when rejections are strife and savviness to promote your craft. Here are 4 core skills I feel are necessary if you are serious about maintaining a career in any creative industry:
Have patience with yourself and for others around you, It's easy to become frustrated with yourself, and why things may not be
going as you planned. But keeping calm is key, if you get angry no one will want to help you and that includes yourself.
Discipline is like the hybrid of patience and proactivity. It's going to the gym to condition for the audition or drawing the same
portrait for hours until your hands cramps uncontrollably. It's having the patience to put in the work for an extended period of time in order to see the necessary improvements.
Rejection is an inevitable part of life, and arguably more raw in the field of creativity. Where you bare your soul on the line and
almost live vicariously through your art. With this brings the more severe impact of rejection. But here is where emotional strengthening must come in as the Japanese proverb states 'fall seven times and stand up eight'.
Some may argue that this is not a skill but more innate, but I would disagree with this. Belief is habitual and built up through
repetition and to believe in your abilities in your craft is absolutely essential. What's the use in the next Shakespeare's literature being hidden in a notepad under their bed because they lack self-belief? Build this up and it will help you in more ways than just your career. The world needs to see your work!