31 - The Blessed Unrest

The Blessed Unrest

The Blessed Unrest

That curiosity that drove you in the beginning can sometimes stop you in your tracks or keep you in a comfortable place once you get to a certain level of skill. What do you do when your blessed unrest is feeling more like a curse? 

Last week’s episode (TheSparkAndTheArt.com/30) was an interview with feature film animator Jackie Koehler. After our conversation she emailed me and said she’d thought of something she’d wished she’d said so we had another quick conversation and I’m glad we did because what she said was really cool. Here’s a snippet:

[Jackie's Quote]

I feel pretty confident that anyone who works in the creative field or even just does creative work on the side, either as an income source or as a hobby, can relate to this. You work and work and work to build up your skills and when you finally get to a point where you feel comfortable with your work and are consistently happy with the results at the end of a project you start to question yourself. "Am I really as good as I think I am? Look at that guy over there, his stuff is amazing and he hasn’t been doing for as long as I have. Argh there’s another new tool? A new technique?”

This can get a little overwhelming and can cause some people to give up. It can cause some people to stay where they are and never really move forward, instead sticking to where they feel comfortable. The secret is to look at is not as something to fight or be fearful of it’s too look at it as the gift of creativity. If you didn’t have this unrest in the first place you most likely wouldn’t have gotten to where you are. Take that feeling of unease and figure out where it’s trying to point you. You are basically a beginner again and now you have all your beginner fears and concerns back. Keep looking at your work with beginners eyes and see where your little cringes come from and work on those aspects. And look at other peoples work as inspiration not as comparison. The quickest way to stop enjoying other peoples work as well as your own is to compare the two. Look at what they’ve done and see what you can learn from it. This is your Blessed Unrest at work, let it do it’s job. 

Here’s where you get to do some thinking

  • Do you keep doing the same kind of project over and over with the same results? 
  • What could you do differently next time to mix it up again? 
  • Did you see someone else’s work and say you could never do that? 
  • Did it make you stop a project? 
  • What if you went back to that project and tried to make the best you can do instead of trying to live up to a standard you see in someone else’s work?
  • Is there a project you’ve been putting off because it seems outside of your skill set  and you feel you’re as good as you’re ever going to get? 
  • What would it take to start that project? 

I’d love to know if your unrest is currently a gift that’s pushing you on or something that you feel is holding you back. Tweet me @sh_tucker. 

Did today’s episode make you think of someone you know that’s being held back by their unrest? I’d love it if you shared this with them, hopefully they’ll be able to get passed their uneasiness and move on. The URL to send them is TheSparkAndTheArt.com/31