Imagine all the work you do to improve and promote your craft (be it photography, art, writing, scrapbooking):
- social media like Twitter, Facebook, blogs, forums
- networking via events, conferences, conventions
- education through books, magazines, videos, online training
- and of course, the actual work of creating something from nothing
The list goes on because it truly seems endless. All the things we “need” to do to get our names and work recognized and accepted by the powers that be, the industry we participate in, or the people we respect and admire.
When it all comes down to it, I have to wonder if we’re really ready for what we dream. I don’t wonder about the hope, the dream, the intention, the plan. I wonder about the reality, the grit, the determination to make those hopes and dreams survive in the real world where commerce meets creation. I wonder, because I see so many creatives hiding (myself included).
Here are five reasons YOU MUST STOP HIDING…
- When you stop hiding your fear, you open yourself up to acceptance.
- When you stop hiding your inability, you open yourself up to being taught.
- When you stop hiding your insecurity, you open yourself up to being encouraged.
- When you stop hiding your work, you open yourself up to being recognized.
- When you stop hiding your personality, you open yourself up to standing out.
We all do it—hide behind our work, our words, our image, our avatar. We hide behind humor, sarcasm, exaggeration. We hide behind others paving the way and blazing the trail before us. Secretly we may wish to be them, but inwardly wonder if we could handle it all. We may show glimpses, parts of our work and selves that we’re comfortable sharing, but few really go for it and lay it all on the line.
If there were one skill we could develop to increase our odds of success it would be to stop hiding. Last month I wrote The Definite Guide to Winning Photo Contests and the answer is shockingly familiar… and it works.
This month, as I recover from the overwhelming barrage of education, inspiration, networking and creativity that happened at WPPI, I’m convinced that if you (and I) were to simply focus on this one thing for the rest of the year that we would be more successful than we have ever been in the past.
Manual: Page 105
Images: Looked through a few photography magazines I picked up at the WPPI tradeshow.