A Familiar Story…
Instead of making my creative work a large aspect of my life, I left it in the shadows. I couldn’t find a way to integrate it into the totality of who I was.
Or maybe it wasn’t so much that I couldn’t… really it was that I just didn’t
In the situation of Shadow Artists, the creative aspect of the individual, a very positive aspect, remains buried, unexpressed, and unacknowledged because its development has not been supported in the past.
The reason for that lack of support can be a multitude of reasons. Perhaps you feel as though you have not had time to support your creative endeavors due to other responsibilities such as family. Or perhaps you have been turned off from the possibility of pursuing your creative work because the world sent you such negative messages about the life of artists.
Does all of this sound familiar? Are you a Shadow Artist?
You’re scared of:
- Being seen for who you really are
- Success – yes sometimes we fear that too!
And rightfully so! None of those feel good do they? Critique and criticism were certainly huge factors for me as well. – The BIG question is whether or not you’re willing to begin the journey of facing those fears and bring them along with on your journey, for the sake of your passion and dreams.
“Very often audacity, not talent, makes one person an artist and another a shadow artist… hiding in the shadows, afraid to step out and expose the dream to the light, fearful that it will disintegrate to the touch.” — Julia Cameron, The Artist’s Way