Putting your creative work “out there” into the world is hard.
I mean you’re putting your heart out there for the whole world to judge!
When I started doing in-person creativity workshops I didn’t know anything about how to get people to actually register for my workshops.
I think I’ve told this story on my blog a few times already, but the one that stands out for me the most is one night when my car was in the shop.
I took the bus out to the suburbs to borrow my mom’s car, drove to my house and packed it up with art supplies, drove to the hall where I was doing the workshop, unpacked the car, set everything up, sat and waited and waited and no one showed up.
Then I packed the car back up, unpacked everything at my house, drove back to the suburbs and (thankfully!) my mom gave me a ride back home.
You’ll probably stumble along the way too. Don’t that stop you.
You struggle because it’s hard – not because your work isn’t good enough or no one cares or whatever your fears want to tell you – you struggle because building an audience for your work is a long, hard job.
That said – it’s also some of the most rewarding work you can do.
And I believe it’s actually a part of your creative work – as the creator of the work it is your responsibility to find or create an audience for your work.
I think it’s a pretty common fantasy for artists to be discovered and have someone sweep in and take care of all of that for you. But we can’t side-step the work. And this is just as much a part of the work as doing your creative work.
You know how long it’s taken you to get to where you are with your work. You’ve put a lot of time and effort in to grow your skills.
You’ll also have to put time and effort in to learning how to put your work out there.
So please don’t give up.
Knowing how to put your work out there and have it be received is a learnable skill.
I just wrote the above for the Launching Your Creative Projects Out Into The World coaching call – which is happening on Feb 28 (that’s tomorrow!).
And then I thought I wanted to offer that bit of encouragement out here too.
No matter how badly this has gone for you – you can learn and get better.
PS: If you’re working on this right now then come to the group coaching call tomorrow! Even if you can’t be there live there will be tons of helpful stuff in the recording.