“I just thought making movies was something done by geniuses, and I was very clear that I wasn’t one of those.” Jane Campion
When “The Artist’s Way” author and creativity coach Julia Cameron has asked people to list ten traits they think artists have, their responses have included: “Artists are broke,” “Artists are crazy,” “Artists are drug-addicted” and “Artists are drunk.”
Other myths and ideas about being an artist:
“Artists must be poor and sacrifice their well-being for their art.”
“Artists should accept the solitary life and find solutions on their own.”
“You can’t be a mother and a successful artist.”
“Artists are right-brained and aren’t very good at left-brain stuff like running a business.”
As creative people, even after achieving some recognition for our talents, we can experience self-critical thoughts and insecurity, such as impostor feelings – sometimes based on these kinds of myths we have picked up about creative “genius” or artists.
> Continued: Myths of Creativity and Creators – How They Hold Us Back.