This Is For You
To all those who work hard putting every ounce of energy they have into their creations in hopes it touches one person’s life–thank you. To all those who understand the sacrifices that needs to be made in order to pursue your passion–thank you. To all those who understand that you won’t always get acknowledged for the work you put in and you most likely won’t get paid a living wage to do so, but the creativity thrives–thank you so much.
I admire the strength and courage it takes to pursue the passion that consumes you. Each and every one of you are brave to continue on the journey, knowing that this is the life you need to lead despite all the work that goes in.
Creating a project is far more than just creating said project. You have to create and then make a name for yourself, market the project, make connections, keep up with all social media and all those connections you’ve made, and still have time to create more projects. All while maintaining a job that pays the bills.
It’s exhausting. We can get burnt out easily. There is far more demand than we have time for. And in the age of social media–it’s easy to get lost in the crowd. So I’m asking you to take a step back, take a break when you need to, and come back refreshed.
I felt overwhelmed this morning–having gotten a shift of mine cut–my mind started panicking about bills, but also the massive to-do list I have as a creator. I had to take a step back. I turned off my phone. I tried to take control of my priorities of what needed to get done immediately today. And I would worry about the rest later.
But part of the problem is, it isn’t just about the creation anymore. It’s about how to get yourself known and getting all these random skills to create promotional products of your own because you can’t afford to pay someone else.
Or you want to be the person that someone pays to get some extra cash on the side. Which will require a certain skill set, dependent on what services you’re office. These skill sets can help your creativity, but it’s finding the time to teach yourself or take a course (preferably one that doesn’t cost much), and then honing those skills before you can offer your services. And then this requires its own set of marketing on top of what you’ve already been working on.
It’s amazing we’re all still up and running some days. I just started this a year ago and I’m always finding the balance between burnt out and thriving creativity. I admire those who have done it years on end because this is their dream and what they are meant to do. We wouldn’t be going through all of this work if it didn’t mean the world to us. And I’m sure, just like me, many others try and cram as much on their plate as they can–believing that they can do it all, that they need to do it all, and that they will do it all–somehow, someway.
Don’t get me wrong, I’m grateful to be where I am. I’ll never take this for granted. To have gotten as far as I have and to have such an amazing group of writers surrounding me and supporting me, it means the world and I wouldn’t trade it for a thing.
But sometimes I know how nice it feels to be appreciated, to get a thank you, to be offered a helping hand–whatever you may need in your process of creating. All of these are usually swept under the rug.
So fellow creators, I’m looking at you. Hang in there, take breaks, step away and refocus, remember why you’re doing what you’re doing.
Thank you for following your dreams. You’re making the world brighter with each and every creation.
Want to support and don’t know how?
Are you a creator? Share, like, or tweet about your favorite artists. Offer them assistance if needed. Provide support and motivation. Answer questions, trade services, and if you can, purchase what they are creating. If given something for free–make sure you promote it as best as you can.
Are you a reader/fan/person who enjoys creations? Support your local artists, writers, designers, musicians. Whether that means sharing their work with others, tweeting them, word of mouth, reviewing their books, products, or services, and purchasing their products when and if you can.
More specifically, if you’ve read a book, always try and leave a review. Reviews are crucial. They do not need to be anything extravagant. Just a few simple words. By doing so, you’ll help raise their rank on Amazon, offer trust in that author through a new reader, and you’ll help them sell more of their work.