Insecurity in the creative department. It happens to the best of us.

February 13, 2009

images3 “Tell me I’m special”

Fact is creative people are an insecure lot. I’m not ashamed to admit it. We crave validation from our peers, bosses, clients and everyone else (also known as consumers). There are so many masters to please, so little time. Then, sadly, if you’re like me (having worked obsessively to please these masters), you end up spending what little downtime you have at home in the doghouse.

Yikes, no wonder we covet awards! As “commercial artists,” we are forever at someone’s beck and call. And our patrons are seldom benevolent. So, we bust our butts at work while mortgaging our lives at home, in both cases craving adulation and respect that we’re likely not going to receive.

Am I being melodramatic? Make the jump and find out:

Creative Insecurity


2 Responses to “Insecurity in the creative department. It happens to the best of us.”

  1. Andy Webb said

    Great topic. Getting to play in the creative waters every day is a mighty good way to earn a living. Convincing your ego to stay out and not muddy things up is a hard thing to do, but worth the effort.


  2. Brian said

    Here’s who cares about winning an award: The person who won it.

    Still, it’s nice to win. A gold pencil won’t keep you warm at night. It’s cold and shiny. But it looks good on the mantle.

    We’re an insecure lot. That’s ok. Nothing wrong with cracks in the sidewalk.


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