You have always wanted to be on YouTube? A fashion blog has always been your dream outlet for creativity? A popular lifestyle Instagram account has always been your aspiration? No matter what or by which means you want to share your creativity with the world, I am here to tell you why you HAVE TOO, and as soon as possible!
The creative digital industry is one of the fastest growing, but also one of the most saturated industries we have! Everyone wants their piece of the online world to share with others, the creative talents in their life. However, this does not mean that just because everyone is doing it, you shouldn’t! No matter how many people create youtube accounts, blogs or Instagram accounts, there will always be room for more creative energy, and to think otherwise is just a common misconception. It is so important that you do not get deterred from showcasing your creative talent, just because ‘everyone else is doing it’. Here is why!
Impact: Sharing your own story, your own talents and goals is one of the most raw and inspirational things you can do. As humans, we crave that connection and relatability to others. So, when you share something about yourself through your chosen creative outlet, you are essentially opening yourself up. This can and will likely have an impact on someone else, big or small. No matter how insignificant you may think your talents and ideas are, there will always be someone out there who can find a sense of connection through it. There is so many examples of how lives have been changed due to the creative expression of someone else. Think about this; how does watching a good relatable YouTube video make you feel? You feel happy? Empowered? Inspired? Or maybe it just puts a smile on your face after a difficult day. Well, why wouldn’t you want to make someone else feel the exact same way, through your own creative expression?
Judgement: The most frequently stated answer to why people have resistance when considering undergoing public creative expression, is the fear of judgement. That people will ‘hate’ on them and judge them. Why is this the case? Ultimately we have grown up conditioned this way, but it stems far beyond just our upbringing. It stems from a core issue with society and our perpetuated perception of ‘normal’ and ‘different’ and the negative and positive connotations that we have created with these terms, as if they are mutually exclusive. The harsh reality is; who cares if someone bitches about you to their friend? Who cares if someone hates your content or reads/watches it just to laugh? If someone is doing that, then the problem lies with them, not you! But the main thing to take away from this is that jealousy-fuelled hate and negativity around ones creative expression is usually a sign that they are doing something right. So many celebrity success stories have serious and sad stories of bullying and intense hatred against them because they decided to live an unapologetic and creatively expressive life – but look where they are now? They are successful, wealthy and millions of people love them for their authenticity. What in your mind is telling you that you are not worthy of the exact same transformation? Therefore, the main takeaway; do not let the fear of potential hate outweigh the joy of the potential impact and fulfilment that will occur if you go through with exactly what you desire!
Portfolio: If nothing else is convincing you to start actively working at your creative project, then think of it as a creative portfolio. Whatever you choose to do, it can act as an additional resource for your portfolio. For jobs, making connections etc. While, this should never really be the sole reason for doing it, it certainly is an additional bonus.
Connections: I would easily say, without hesitation, that the best part of blogging for me is the connections, friendships and networking that becomes available to you. Like minded people always want to connect with other people who share the same passion as them, so why not step out of your comfort zone and maybe even meet some new people along the way!
Overall, the idea I am getting at, is that you should stop putting it off. Stop resisting your creative passion and stop pretending like the negative opinions of others mean you are not worthy to create and be acknowledged for your talents. If you keep putting it off, the more unhappy you will be. Start writing that blog, start that fashion-based Tumblr, upload that first Youtube video! It truely is one of the most enjoyable, cathartic and rewarding things I have ever chosen to do, and if you are passionate about something mentioned above, or anything for that matter, it should have a similar effect on you! Go for it! You will be much better off, and far more happier knowing that you are sharing your passion and love with the world. I promise!