Stop Comparing Yourself to Other Artists
This can be a tough one, can’t it? But it’s got to the point where you know that you have to stop comparing yourself to other artists for your own sake. You want to be a part of the artistic community but every time you see another artist’s work you can’t help but compare. Time after time you see these works and it starts to chip away at your confidence until you feel like giving up altogether. It could be the that you think there work is better than yours or the fact that they are posting about how busy they are or about that amazing destination wedding they booked. It’s so easy to get caught up in other artist’s perceived accomplishments or work, but it can prove you be very damaging to your creative process, happiness, and overall work ethic. And don’t worry, it happens to all of us I included, hence why I am writing this article. Below I have laid out some easy steps on how to get out of the dark cycle of comparing yourself to other artists.
How to Stop the Comparing
Let’s just say it right now. You need to stop comparing yourself to other artists, yesterday. It is poison and it doesn’t offer any positives. A great saying that I once heard was that you can’t compare your chapter one to another person’s chapter 20. It’s so fantastic and really stuck with me. You have no idea the turmoil and time that particular artist might have gone through to make it to where they currently are. Whether you are just starting out or have been in the game for a long time, you can’t compare your journey to anyone else’s.
Social media is very dangerous in that an artist could be really struggling to make ends meet but look insanely busy and successful on their social media profiles. People only post their happiest days and successes 90% of the time right? Don’t fall for the facade that everything is just peachy, everyone has their struggles. The first thing I did when I realized that I was comparing myself to other artists was to unfollow almost every artist I had on social. The only artists in the same industry as me that I kept following were peers that I knew and wanted to keep in touch with. Other than that there is no reason for me to follow these artists because it just leads to comparing to them.
Do Your Own Thing
Focus on you. Create work around themes and topics that you truly love. Don’t create works because it’s what everyone else is doing or because it’s the trendy thing to do. People can smell inauthenticity from a mile away and no one likes being around it, it will only hinder you. Create what makes you happy and what you love this will create a portfolio that really shows off who you are as an artist. Go totally against the grain if it’s what excites you. You will attract the amazing clients you’ve always dreamed of.
Compare Yourself to Yourself
Compare yourself to your past self, it’s the only person that is worthwhile to compare yourself to. When you compare your current work to the past works you will see how far that you’ve come. With most people that is usually leaps and bounds which you should be proud of. It’s pretty hard to feel upset or useless after seeing your hard work and progress come together in front of your eyes, isn’t it?
Gratitude is a trait that many of the most successful people in the world practice often. A great way to make sure that you are practicing gratitude every day is to keep a journal and jot down at least 3 things that you were grateful for that day. It really brings the spirits up and makes it much harder to get down if you have these things to be thankful for. I highly recommend this little daily ritual because I can speak to its true effectiveness.
At the End of the Day
You are doing your absolute best in becoming a better artist. You will reach your version of success if you just stick to it and never give up just because “there are too many other artists out there that are better than me.” There will always be other artists out there that are way better than you. It’s a fact of life because those people have been at it longer than you, maybe they just learn faster or maybe they have a ton of money behind them. None the less, everyone travels their own paths at their own pace and everyone’s path is different. Stop comparing yourself to others as it is a waste of your time and thoughts. Get out there and create some fantastic artwork that you love and do your best to reach your version of success and happiness, whatever it may be. Just never, ever quit. You’re too good for that <3
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