Marketing and Heart Podcast

How To Overcome Artist Imposter Syndrome

June 23, 2022 Jacqueline Fatica
Marketing and Heart Podcast
How To Overcome Artist Imposter Syndrome
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We are talking about how to overcome artists imposter syndrome. Something. I think we all go through at some point because artists and Etsy craft sellers are often their own worst critics.

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Jackie:

Welcome to the Marketing and Heart podcast. A show for handmade sellers like yourself. That's filled with tips and tricks to help you build a solid foundation for your business. I believe if you made it by hand that you should market it with heart. Now let's get on with the show.

Well, Hey there, podcast, friends, and welcome back this week. We are talking about how to overcome artists imposter syndrome. Something. I think we all go through at some point because artists and Etsy craft sellers are often their own worst critics. This is especially true for those that actually do suffer from artists imposter syndrome. This condition causes an individual to feel like a fraud, regardless of any evidence to the contrary. This can lead to anxiety and depression. Many times sufferers of this syndrome, aren't even aware of it. They simply believe they are not good enough or that they will be exposed as a fake at any moment. There are artists out there who feel like they can never live up to the high expectations of their peers, even if they're perceived expectations. This can be incredibly discouraging and prevent them from pushing themselves to their full potential. In fact, some would be artists never even allow their work to be shared with the world. And that's a really sad thing now more than ever, when the world could really use some joy. Was even more unfortunate is that if these artists never share their art with the world, no matter what it is, this also means they can never make a full-time income from selling it. They will never experience the humbling feeling of someone loving your work so much that they want to give you money to have it in their lives. And that's what we're all about here at marketing and heart. Before we continue. If you yourself suffer from artist's imposter syndrome, I'd like to emphasize that. I once saw an article that showed a trash can in an empty room. And this was called art. At a museum. Listen to that again, if you need to. So in this episode, we'll explore the symptoms that artists and crafters may experience and some things that they can do to overcome their imposter syndrome and start sharing their art with the world. And maybe even open an Etsy shop to start making some money, doing what they love. First things first, what is artists? Imposter syndrome? Artists. Or creative imposter syndrome is a term that has been around since about 1970. The term was coined by psychologists, Pauline Clance and Suzanne. Im es. In the paper that was published in the journal of personality and social psychology. They were studying how people experienced self doubt specifically when it comes to their professional identity, they discovered that many people feel like they are fake or pretending when they are in a professional setting. They may feel that they're even playing a role and that they will be exposed as a fraud. At any moment at work. So what are the causes of imposter syndrome? While, the cause is unknown. There are several factors that may contribute to it. Some of these factors include perfectionism, fear of failure, low self-esteem and social pressure. Research suggests that upbringing and family dynamics can play an important role in the development of imposter syndrome. This is because parents who are constantly pushing their children to achieve goals can contribute to imposter syndrome. It's also possible that people with low self-esteem may experience imposter syndrome more frequently than those with high self-esteem. If this is the case, people with imposter syndrome may have a more difficult time coping with failure. Individuals who experience imposter syndrome are more likely to be introverted, anxious, and perfectionist. And are likely to have some of the same symptoms like anxiety, depression, and low self-esteem. This can create a vicious cycle in which each symptom causes another one to develop. So, what are the signs that you may be experiencing? Artist's imposter syndrome. The symptoms can vary from person to person, but there are some common symptoms. Many people feel like they are not good enough, or that they are faking their talent. They may also have a fear of being found out of what I don't know. And often feel like they're the only one who experience these feelings. Other common symptoms include self doubt and self-sabotage. Unhealthy perfectionism procrastination and the worst of the worst negative self-talk. To be clear artist's imposter syndrome is not a mental health disorder. It's just a common experience that can affect anyone who works in creative fields. I've gone through it myself and I know many other people have as well. The real question is, do we all experience it and just don't talk about it. And if so, how do we overcome it? We all have our moments of self doubt. It's possible to overcome artists imposter syndrome and start acting on your creative desires, regardless of what others might think. Overcoming the syndrome is possible with a few key tips. One is to realize that everyone feels like an imposter at some point in their career. The important thing is to keep going and not give up on your dreams, recognize that you are a unique person with your own set of skills, talents, and experiences that no one else has be sure to surround yourself with other people who support your creative pursuits and think like artists or entrepreneurs. This is a great way to stay positive and keep your confidence up and onto number two, don't compare yourself to other artists while it is natural to want to be as good as your peers, you should never. Compare yourself to them instead, focus on improving yourself and making a name for yourself in the industry that you love. Make sure to do the best work that you can as an artist, when they feel like they're an imposter, they tend to slack off on their craft. And this will eventually lead to self-doubt in the long run. Number three. Try looking to other successful artists for inspiration, you should never ignore influences and always seek out new ones. And by this, I, again, emphasize, do not compare yourself. You should see your successful peers as cold, hard evidence that you have nothing to worry about. You have proved through their success, that yours is highly likely too. And trust me, those successful artists are their own worst critics. So what you see is not what they see. Number four. When you put your authentic self out into the world, you will attract those. Like you. You'll also attract some trolls, but trolls are actually a sign of success. Stay positive and don't let negative thoughts stop you from progressing and don't feed the trolls. Hi, trolls. Number five. Accept your fault and don't be ashamed of them. Don't forget it was Bob Ross who said we don't make mistakes. We make happy accidents. Everyone makes happy accidents. And it's important to learn from them. When you do this, you can better yourself for the future. As you will be more able to recognize your own faults and make the changes you see fit. Number six. Don't take the opinions of others too seriously. They are often wrong and will never truly understand your vision. What's that saying? Opinions are like butt holes. Everyone has them. I've been running my handmade business since 2011. And I can't tell you how many times people have offered me unsolicited advice on what I should or should not be doing. If I'd have taken their advice, I'd have never accomplished my dreams of turning my jewelry business into a full-time six figure income. And the last tip number seven, don't be afraid to ask for help. You should always seek out feedback from others when you were unsure about something. And when you do, don't be afraid to take bad advice with a grain of salt. Take what you need and leave the rest. I've learned from experience that sometimes you'll get better advice from a stranger than a close friend or family. Which is why I think it's super important to find an online community of other artists or handmade business owners that you can talk with. Shameless self plug time, checkout, community.marketingandheart.com to join my community. I would love to see you there. And to sum it up overcoming artists' imposter syndrome is a lot like jumping into cold water. You'll spend a hell of a lot of time. Just standing there, staring at the water. As if the water is going to change. And when you finally do jump in, the only thing that changed was you. And do you know what. Five seconds later, the water is nice and warm and you're having the time of your life. I heard some motivational thing a while back, and I will totally butcher it, but it goes something like this. You can't be great unless you once sucked. So my advice. Allow yourself to suck so hard and bask in the glory of it all, because one day you won't suck and other people will have imposter syndrome because you'll be so amazing. And when that time comes, please send them a link to this podcast episode. All right until next time, I hope to see you next week, friends.

Jackie:

Thank you so much for listening. If you're looking for more ways to grow your handmade business, why not head over to my website at www.marketingandheart.com. See you there.