It’s been tough, to be honest, just with the hours that you have to put into it in order to get somewhere with it. However, I think it’s REALLY great at getting you to become a better artist, if you’re streaming your creative process. If you have the viewers, they tend to give you real time critique and help with ideas and techniques. I think it’s helped me speed up my creative output digitally a TON. I highly recommend it, but I will reiterate that it is very demanding, if you stream three times a week or more. I don’t know how people stream every day or even almost every day. Maybe it’s because I’m an introvert of sorts, but it can make me very tired afterwards.
I will say, though, that I think the benefits of social interaction, community, real time critique, and quick improvements all outweigh the downsides. But I do think I should adjust my schedule when I feel necessary. I don’t want to overwork myself more than I already do.
That’s what I want to talk about next. I tend to work long hours, but yet I feel it’s never enough in my mind. I feel guilty a lot for taking breaks and resting for extended periods of time. Don’t be like me. It’s better to sprinkle your breaks throughout, so you don’t end up crashing and burning out and taking long guilty-feeling breaks. Trust me!
I also want to touch on how surreal my life has felt lately. I’m so content overall, even though a lot is uncertain. I still have a long way to go to reach my goals, but I am working on having a positive mindset. People who succeed at these things say that a positive outlook is one of the most important things about it. If you are constantly talking (or thinking) bad about yourself, it kind of fulfills its own prophecy, so to speak.
So, that’s something I’m working on. Every day. And it can be tough. I’ve only been a full time artist for one month and I already find myself thinking negative thoughts about my workflow, process, achievements, goals, etc. I think this is very dangerous.
I really need to keep thinking positively and keep my eyes on my smaller tasks, so I can be more equipped to reach my bigger goals. You see, I find that the only way I can feel confident enough in myself to reach my goals is to break them down into smaller itty bitty bite-sized tasks.