WITH thousands of registered artists in Namibia, only a handful manage to remain relevant. Now and again we tend to see new artists come from nowhere, release one or two projects and then they are never heard of again. This may lead many Namibians to think that art is simply not important.
But every now and then, artists may feel creatively stuck or simply demotivated for multiple reasons. This unfortunately is part of being an artist. An artist simply cannot want to keep their creative momentum going if their head is not in the game.
Sometimes practice doesn’t always guarantee growth, irrespective of your art discipline. A lot of artists and creatives build a bit of skill, and try selling their work.
There are millions of artists, writers and creative people out there and putting more time into your craft is what separates the luminaries from all the rest.
If you are an artist, usually your family and friends will tell you that your music is amazing or that your poetry is moving maybe even that your paintings are inspiring. But then, when you put your work out there for the world to see or hear, the response is disheartening.
Before you release anything try to seek honest and constructive criticism from professionals in your art discipline. You may not like what they have to say, but if you are serious about your creative growth, you will accept any criticism.
There are plenty of ways you can grow creatively but first you will need to set aside little distractions. Multi-tasking for example, might be possible if you have a full-time job but if you are serious about your art, you will have to focus solely on your art and embrace your work.
For instance, I have several artistic pursuits I enjoy doing, like singing, playing the guitar, producing music, writing plays and deejaying. I would love to take up painting too, but the problem is that spreading myself thin across different creative pursuits can dilute my growth in each area.
So do not try to be a jack of all trades, you might end up a master of none, because the difficulty is that you will unlikely achieve a high level of mastery in a single discipline.
If you put 100 percent in your art, you will reap from it, eventually. Other ways of creatively growing is to focus on the details; the little things always matter.
So, time will come when you feel like your creativity has run out or that life is pressuring you into getting a “real job”. It could be writer’s block or an artist’s block room. The moment that happens, take a deep breath and press the restart button.
Confidente. Lifting the Lid. Copyright © 2015