Some months ago, during the great THU Meetup-Berlin Calling organized mostly by PapaBear and Jack Gilson, a lady in the public asked a question about our personal struggles. I think that me and the other people on stage didn't actually replied to that question properly, so I decided to write a bit about it. Brace yourselves.
Personal Struggles #1-Self Doubt
We all know it. We all suffer its dark whispers, and it has many forms.
-Is my work good enough?
-Am I doing what the client wants, or will it be a total failure?
-Should I send in my portfolio to that company?
-Why are they not replying? It's been three minutes already!
-Everybody is amazing and I suck, I'll never get my foot into the industry!
-Should I have asked for a higher rate? Damn, too late!
And many, many more. It's ever present, no matter if you're starting up, or a veteran; veterans are simply used to it, they deal with it so often that it becomes second nature, its whispers a white noise lurking behind your ear, waiting for a moment of weakness to sweetly say "you see? I told you, you'd never make it. You're not good enough".
So how do we fight such a beast?
"With heart, faith and steel. In the end there can be only one."
In other words: keep moving, keep working, keep creating. Accept the self-doubt, since it's a part of you and your passion as an artist. Neither ignore it nor deny it, simply let it whine and pass through, harmless and pityful.
Accept the fact that what you do is your passion, and you'd not be happy if you quit; accept too that, sometimes, doubt is reasonable: maybe you're not yet good enough for a certain position, or the piece you're working on needs a different approach. Base your confidence in facts, in your progress, small as it might be, and celebrate your achievements, because every little step takes you a bit closer to where you want to be.
That's all for now. Hope you like it!