What if you aren’t getting the acting jobs you want, or the writing assignments, or not enough people buy your paintings?
What do you do when your primary creative endeavor does not support you enough emotionally or financially?
Psychologist and creativity coach, Eric Maisel, PhD warns that this can have emotional consequences: “We get anxious because we fear failing, because we fear disappointing ourselves, because the work can be extremely hard, because the marketplace may criticize us and reject us.”
See my related article Managing Creative Anxiety: Change Your Thinking.
What brought this topic to mind was an article by Lisa A. Riley, MA, LMFT, a Creativity Coach and licensed Marriage & Family Therapist, who notes that we invest a lot of money, time and energy into training for a chosen creative profession, “hoping to actually be able to make a living doing the very thing we felt passionate about when we first embarked on that path.”
But, she adds, “In the state of our economy, creative professionals are having more and more difficulty finding jobs that match their qualifications.”