The Power of Believing You’re an Artist

In How to Feel Good as a Writer: an Origin Story, I wrote, “It’s not our job to know all of the whys, whats, and hows of the future. It’s just our job to do the work.”

“Doing the work” before you reach professional status in a creative field is often self-directed.

Because it’s in your nature to create, you envision and execute your own projects. You know you’re practicing and building your portfolio, even if others ask you, “What’s the point?”

You could let that question drain your energy as you try to explain yourself. You could let it distract you. You could let it stop you.

But artists don’t.

Here’s a story of a young artist who, through a dedication to his craft, got a life-changing opportunity....more