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How To Stay Creative And Motivated As An Artist

Posted by Yoanna Petkova on May 23, 2019 3:41:14 PM

Do you ever ride high on life thinking you are an unstoppable force, full of ideas? But then life comes crushing on your shoulders and suddenly all of your creativity, and motivation to be an artist disappears?


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The good news is that every artist in the industry feels like you sometimes. Some days are better than others, and the creativity is flowing again in your veins. Whereas, other days, you can't get up from bed without feeling hopeless and indifferent.


You should never feel hopeless because creativity and motivation are determinants that can be trained and turned into habits. In the next paragraphs, we will outline the methods that will make you the artistic and productive person you have always been. However, before we begin listing them, you need to let yourself learn and to work on yourself every day.

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1. Quit Being Perfect

To really experience your full capacity, you must learn to let go of the idea that you must be perfect in every aspect of your work. For example, if you are composing a song, just produce whatever comes to mind. Even though at the moment it might not seem like a good idea, you should try it and see how it will sound - maybe it is the next hit?


Of course, to stop being an idealist doesn't mean to stop delivering quality work and to let go of your standards. It simply means that you will be able to think more creatively and become more open with yourself.


2. Find Inspiration Everywhere

Inspiration doesn't always happen in the studio - you can find it everywhere. Inspiration and creativity go hand in hand and when you are stuck in one place, try to seek inspiration in unusual places - go to the park, listen to people talking, visit the national museum - you never know what will trigger your creativity.



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Just make sure you carry a pen and paper with you!

3. Break your routine

Doing the same repetitive routine can dull you and freeze your creativity. So try to break out from your daily routine and become more unpredictable. Of course, don't change your whole life upside down - it will stress you more than help you.



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Try changing your habits - take it slow and the change will unlock new ideas and motivation both professionally and personally.

4. Ask For Feedback

For some people asking for feedback can be one of the hardest things to do. Asking for someone else's opinion is a vulnerable and intimate situation - yes, criticism stings. Yet, feedback is a vital two-way communication - it helps you see your song from someone else's point of view.

You should always try to understand the constructive feedback on your work and seek advice on how to improve it.


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5. Rest And Try Again

If you always push yourself too hard, you will soon become exhausted - both physically and emotionally. This can have a toll on your creativity and motivation.


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Sometimes, when everything else fails, the best method is to let go, revitalize and try again after you are feeling better about your self.

Rest is an essential part of any creative mind, and taking care of your body and mind will help you grow not only as an artist but as a person, as well.

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