Are You Scared Of Sharing Art OnlineJun 02, 2021
hi guys im adam fusa pixel and welcome now something i have discussed extensively on my channel more than once is this big scary
onlineworld of social media making a name for itself gaining popularity etc and all the good stuff , the bad and the ugly. that comes along with that both professionally and psychologically for most of us we want to learn more or at least come to an understanding about social media and
onlinepopularity because we are trying to earn it we are trying to get more want to become more popular get more praise attracting more employment and so on and that's something we have to understand and it's something we have to mentally wrap up because if we don't we won't be able to make the best of it and we won't let it consume us because it can happen too often. ease and you can check my video library.
I'm sure there are plenty that will cover multiple topics on the subject. for most of us we are trying to gain popularity for most of us we want to make a name for ourselves but what if that is the problem? the more you start to feel like you are losing traction personally and creatively this is a bigger problem than you might think and when it comes to making a name for yourself artistically you have to keep in mind that we artists in particular can very often be very as introverts we spend 95% of our time in our little bubbles listening to youtubers and we stay in our little bubble and do our thing and as long as we are in our private little world we can be ourselves we can express ourselves in the way that is most comfortable for us without fear of trial without fear of public ridicule, this is a much bigger problem than you might think and something I think almost all of us artists are going to have to contend with if we are ever to win and make a name for ourselves online.
Artists in particular nowadays have a little more pressure. We have a little more pressure that we have to deal with. and we have to face certain realities as professionals but I don't think artists have had to deal with that much in the past but not to this degree the reason I'm having this conversation with you today is a very important conversation is because i started with a new student this week of course i will keep it completely private but we just met and we hit it off we both have animation backgrounds she is so good. skilled artist and you could see right away that she knows what she's doing she's really a very solid artist and she's the one that brought this up she's the one that told me that one of the things that really scares her is her off b balance is when she starts to have when people start to notice her and people start to praise her and you could tell she didn't say it herself but looking at her stuff you could tell people would gravitate towards her work very easily as she.
She would gain a lot of popularity very quickly for the kind of things she produces, especially since not only is she good at art, but she also has a wide diversity of skills, but regardless of when she felt that she would start, people would start. to like your stuff and start to recognize your stuff, you started to freak out or you started to feel like you were losing your balance, you would lose your balance and your focus, you would start to atrophy your ability to create and one of the reasons you came to be. What she told me in the first place was because this is something that she needed to understand, she needed to be able to navigate around this and this is a huge subject and from my experience and what I've seen there are many different reasons why you might be feel this way, but they vary slightly, so I want to share with you some experiences that I have had both in my own life and with other people and have tried to help you mentally and emotionally navigate around this obstacle. and understand what it is and why what could be causing your fear of going out your fear of being known artistically the first scenario is personal when i was young one of the things i really loved and had a bit of an affinity for was music and not it was a long time before i started to develop this real interest in playing the piano when i was around grade 1 grade 2 and i ended up taking piano lessons and at first for the first half i did extremely well.
The teacher said you know you definitely have a lot of potential and I ended up going to more advanced lessons and stuff like that a little bit ahead of my age and always found it dandy I did a couple of piano recitals and practiced every day until I was a little bit older and my mom had gone back to school to get her degree in computer science and my grandma babysat us on certain days of the week and every day she practiced a little bit and one day my grandma decided kind of to poke her nose into my business a little too much, what he did all the time and he said to me, Adam, if you want to grow artistically, if you want to be good at the piano, you have to practice practice practice every day practice morning noon and night you go to school and then you come home you have dinner and then you practice you practice you practice and then you wake up and you practice you practice and she pushed me so hard to grow and perform that it took a very short time for me to start feeling like I was completely losing control she left from being mine began to become this obligation this obligation that completely eclipsed my already existing passion was already someone who obsessively practiced w When I love something, I dedicate myself to it completely, but the moment she began to force me, the moment began to become an obligation.
I lost the property and within a year I stopped my piano lessons because she wouldn't budge. Don't leave me alone with that, so I quit I stopped liking it Same thing with sports when I was young I loved playing soccer and hockey I was always very athletic as a kid until I discovered art, but I did very well at it. I had a lot of fun I did really well with my soccer and hockey teams that played intercity all that kind of stuff kids do and my teammates really appreciated my contributions to the team trying not to sound like I'm bragging here but all that kind of thing until it again became this obligation, I was going to practice four days a week, it was, you know, you have to train, you have to train, you have to train every day every day every day and I started to lose my mind. owned by him however despite all these side hobbies that i had and was passionate about and ended up giving up for one reason or another there was one thing in my life one element in my life no one bothered me about they just let me do it and then he left me at peace probably because they believed that I would never make a living doing this in the first place it was not a serious endeavor and that was good art no one pushed me to draw no one pushed me to paint s They just let me do it it was my little thing and I did it on my own time and needless to say good.
Here I am running an art tutoring with a YouTube art channel with over 20 years of art experience in games and movies and all that kind of fun stuff. taught me as an artist and what it teaches me as a teacher as well and as a parent of artists is that if someone has a passion for something leave them alone and when it comes to my own passion when it comes to my own Drive unless I seek help or seek guidance or seek a push fr Someone else leave me alone. I need to feel that I own my passion and this is something I had to fight for.
I had to fight for this because if you don't stand up for the things you care about if too many people try to. come in and try to appropriate his dedication by forcing him to do it or making him feel obligated to do it or try to take it away from him and tell him that it is not something that is going to be worth it that he has to fight for that you have to fight for the things that matter to you, think in how many artists are there singers, musicians, artists, dancers who had family or friends that pushed them too hard or tried to talk them out of doing it in the first place and when something really matters to you, you have to defend it with your life because if the only thing in the world that you never want to lose is your passion in your drive to do the things you love to do and you have to own that space and you have to own that energy and d you have to own that drive even well meaning people when they start putting the pressure on you you have to do it this way you have to do it that way you have to remind them compassionately if you can kindly if you can that this belongs to me, if you want to see me to grow and succeed, I have to be able to forge this path myself; however, this does not apply to everyone.
Some people really thrive in situations where someone is kicking their ass. Some people need that I don't kick ass always got me out of the boat, not further into the boat, so you have to recognize yourself and recognize what it is that keeps you moving forward in your art and if you are already doing well on your own, then my opinion. is that you should probably continue to do it on your own now another very important factor that can stand between you and your desire to make a name for yourself online or the desire to get noticed for your work is your ego and what I mean by ego is me I'm not talking about your vanity, I'm talking about your sense of self Yes and how your sense of self and self awareness can be very distracting and very damaging to you how you present yourself publicly and how you react and respond to public praise and public attention good or bad and this is what I feel is kind of something unique to us artists today, but something I didn't learn or realize in painting or at least didn't make this association in the beginning.
I realized something and learned something very important in dance. performance where you have a live audience in front of you where you rehearse and practice for months the choreography in front of a live audience and the first thing you notice when you start performing is how scary it is to hear the DJ downstairs announcing your partner or your group or your company or whatever and calling you up on stage and everyone is costumed and made up and ready to go on stage and do their performance and months of practice are coming down to this moment where you walk out on stage in front of these lights in front of a group of strangers that are waiting for you to entertain them and you are tasked with this monumental task of making them enjoy your performance is very stressful and if you ever get a chance to see the behind the scenes, the behind the scenes performers, they prepare for the performance, the nerves, the anxiety, the nausea, the blackouts, the fights, and all this excitement that goes on behind the scenes before you get there? on that stage, particularly for people who are newer, it's palpable and almost comical how emotional things get, but then you get on that stage, any acting and the first few times you act at least it was that way for me and it's like this for most of the people i acted with you're going to mess something you're going to mess something you're going to trip you're going to forget your steps you're going to lose focus you're going to do something terrible you could fall on your ass there's a lot of physical stuff going on and you're going to be devastated you may or may not completely lock down and have no idea what to do next and completely lose your place and feel like a whole it may take a couple of seconds for you to orient yourself finish the show smile and bow and then walk off stage and then cry for half an hour about what you did and the complete ass you made of yourself because it took six months to put together a three and choreography half a minute or less and you fell it's ass despite all that practice and you feel like a complete you feel like an ass you slavishly humiliated and then a couple of days later you get the DVD or whatever the recording is and you put it on your computer and watch the video of this great humiliation that will destroy your life and destroy your reputation and you watch the video and you see that moment when you screwed up and you see yourself objectively you see yourself or you actually see yourself and for the first time in his life he sees himself being a public actor from an audience member's perspective and nine times out of ten it wasn't that bad, the actual mess wasn't even noticeable because you didn't forget most of your audience unless they were in the company with you or unless they're yours.
Are you your teacher and you don't know the choreography? So people might notice that you tripped, but they don't really care, but in your head it was monumental. on your head your pants fell to your ankles and you fell into the air and made a complete jerk in front of 500 people but to an audience member it's not a big deal but you know what people react to the look on your face, a disaster it is amplified a hundred times when you show it on your face and the reason you show it on your face is because you were humiliated. about how absolutely devastated you look on your face they are reacting to your emotion people look to the human face for the way people feel and if it doesn't show on your face nobody cares fast forward five six years and have done multiple performances in that time.
What was the main difference? Why was I able to go on stage five years later and feel at home? Feeling completely comfortable and acting in a way that I felt really connected with people compared to when I started out right five years later. When I got on that stage I didn't give a damnfuck what people thought of me wasn't about me anymore it was about acting my acting was me taking my feelings and
sharingthem with my audience i had to let go of my ego to perform and when you let go of your ego be a singer, a dancer or an actor, whatever the case may be, when you let go of your ego and focus on your performance, you focus on the emotion, you focus on the story and that's what you're conveying to your audience on a one-on-one level. , it doesn't matter if you fall on your ass, you'll just get up and keep dancing and the reason nobody's going to care is because it won't show on your face, you'll come back up, you'll keep telling your story like nothing happened.
There is a very good example of this. You can go on YouTube and there's a Lady Gaga video. If you haven't seen her in this video she gets off a grand piano onto the piano stool and as she does so the piano stool flips over and she rolls backwards in the air under the piano with the microphone on the hand still singing Did he get up and cry and apologize with a bang? red face no her in fact if you close your eyes and watch the video and didn't see the actual video footage you would hardly know she fell down just her voice didn't falter she immediately got up and kept singing without any sign of humiliation on her face and as such it didn't become a devastating moment in her life she fell she got up she kept singing and when you see someone like that handle a moment like that and when you connect that with who she is as a person in life real she is probably one of the most t selfless people i have ever met selfless not selfish but selfless people i have ever met in my life she is warm she is kind when she sings she is completely committed to her performance whether it be love or hate or jealousy or whatever message she she's
sharingwith her audience she's completely genuine and completely dedicated and completely invested in what she does and when she sings there's no she's just the song it's just the music it's just the feeling and I know it You feel as a result of it, notice that it's that lack of self-centeredness, the lack of awareness that there's a camera on her when she interprets her whole face and her whole body gets into it, that you can't help but be moved by what she does, no it makes a difference if there are millions of people watching her or if there is one person watching her, the performance is inside her soul and that is how she presents it.
I'll take the exact same message, I'll take the exact same feeling, and I'll realize that when you're presenting your artwork to your - to the public, the reason you might be losing ownership of that feeling is because you take it out of yourself. yourself and you actually start to put on an artist's hat when you're in your own little bubble. in your own little head you can be private you can feel the feelings you want to feel and use that time in space the way you want but the moment you present it to someone else you are now trying to share those feelings share those experiences share those images with someone else and when you share them with someone else there is a vulnerability they are going to feel what I want them to feel they are going to judge my artwork it looks good enough it is technically good enough how i drew my hands pretty good whats up of the colors, what about the composition, what about the expression? osity what art you are you are vulnerable to judgment you were vulnerable to the humiliation of not being recognized not having a piece of art seeing it the way you want in fact one of the most devastating things american artists can deal with at least if that's where a lot of us don't notice your head we want people to want a lot of people to hit the like button we want a lot of people to write comments and say how much they love your stuff we want a lot of people to share your stuff and build names for yourself and be getting invited to do interviews and all that kind of cool stuff for other people is the polar opposite because we're creators and being creators means that for a lot of us, not all of us, we're not just presenting a drawing. we are presenting an emotional side of ourselves, we are presenting to others and sharing with other people without ability and when we do that, if it is not received in the right way or if it is received at all, we are throwing ourselves to the Lions in a sense and it feels that way so my advice to you is when sharing online when you produce artwork for the purpose of presenting it to people be ready and willing to mess it up be ready and willing to be a vulnerable human and present works of art to people and presenting a side of yourself that is imperfect is in your desire to be a perfect artist be a perfect presenter have perfect colors have perfect technicality that makes you vulnerable but when could you do your vulnerability when you can do that your lack of technical superiority is part of your artistic process when you share that vulnerability with other people, you are actually making friends because what you are doing is making connections through your artwork in a very authentic, very human way. level you possess that makes sense to you instead of trying to out-compete them, it's no longer about you being better, it's about being you, being like them, and what you have in common. h Think about these art talks that I share with you every week in which I am trying to share with you that I am better than you that I am smarter than I that I know more than you I am not doing the opposite, I am letting you know that I am as pathetic as you, okay Zak, I'm such a loser, as underconfident as you, three out of four draws or complete failures for me and me. work with what I have and have even had to share publicly that I needed the guidance.
I needed the example of other artists that I admire who had that integrity and that strength to say I had to paint this five times like darken or borrow Dante right? ? I had to see them. I had to see his trial and error approach to his artwork to give me emotional permission to say it's great. Adam, not every painting you show to the public needs to be a masterpiece. they're going to be fantastic and they're going to be mind-blowing and they're going to be revolutionary and sometimes they're going to be men and it's okay to show people that you can too because if you don't you're trying to present yourself in an unrealistic way and I'm just like you and that's the wavelength that i want to share with you because otherwise it's terribly difficult and stressful and i lose ownership of my artwork and my process and i feel like i lose myself creatively but i always try to be perfect all the time because i just can't so my friend if you're sitting in your lonely little place drawing dreaming of one day being good enough to show your artwork to the public.
My advice to you is the fact that your artwork isn't perfect makes it perfect for you. I don't just want to see your perfect art, people want to experience you and that's much more moving and meaningful to other people than just witnessing the best of it. So with that being said, I hope I shared a bit of information with you today. ully I have helped to enlighten them and of course I love them all with all my heart and happy painting I take care of them
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