taking that extra step

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I have ambition. Motivation. Perseverance.

All of the elements that make great creative work possible, but I’m no entrepreneur. Although my work is my business, I struggle at taking the risks that take a decent creative person and turn her into a savvy businesswoman.  When I don’t take these risks, I’m not as successful as I could be—and all the motivation in the world doesn’t help if I don’t follow through on the business end. I know have great opportunities ahead and quality professional experience from the past, but I know I could be doing more to increase my current work flow and the paychecks, too.

 

What’s holding me back?

 

The ability to let go of completed projects

I get too attached to the work. As a self-proclaimed perfectionist, there’s always something that could be tweaked or improved. Some days it feels like projects will never be complete because I could always make them better.

Self-promotion

When I finally release the work out into the world, I start comparing the work to what else is out there, instead of showing others why mine is a new/better/different perspective. Where do creative people find confidence? All the work I do is freelance, so I have to sell myself—and I hate that there’s a chance I’m selling myself short.

The ability to welcome criticism

Criticism can make a project better and stronger because it’s a new take on something I’ve been focused on. A detail I might miss could be noticed that could take a project from good to great. But I have to make that final decision of what works and what doesn’t. When I value others’ opinions so much, it’s difficult to decide what to change, what to keep the same, and what to ignore.

 

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Usually I spend days or weeks ( or, um, sometimes years) to edit a project I’m working on before I feel it’s good enough to “publish.” So, to move forward from this crippling attitude, I took some photos of Chicago with my trusty Nikon D7000 and added them to this blog. I took these within the past few weeks—looking for intriguing shapes and different views of the city. Unedited and raw. Feel free to critique them. Do you want to see more of the boat? Less shadows? Etc.

 

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It’s a small step, but a risk I’m willing to take.  In a future post, I’ll expose an unedited writing project for you to critique but I’m not getting ahead of myself—going to take one risk at a time.

 

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Do you ever find it difficult to put yourself out there when all the critics are waiting in the wings?

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