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Perfectionism problems

October 28, 2015  •  Leave a Comment

Too often my perfectionism stops me from sharing my work. I look at a recent shoot and I see everything that is wrong with it. I go into post working on every little detail until hours go bye. Then I step back and still see flaws. Defeat washes over me and futility sets in. My work is then buried in my computer and forgotten from my mind. Has anything like this happened to you? 

Working on this issue has been one of my biggest tasks. I would like to share the little inspirations that keep me going.

James Victore is a graphic artist and teacher of personal development. One of his sayings is, "Feck perfuction." https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QNidcgkvG_g  Stop trying to be perfect because perfection is unattainable. Stop spending hours picking the "perfect" font type. Stop trying to find the "perfect" color scheme. The pursuit of perfection is good but at some point it hinders you. Don't fear that others will point out your imperfection. Too often your perfection stops you from sharing your work. But tell me, what is the point of your work if no one sees it? The only way to be discovered is to show your work.

James Victore led me to the book by Austin Kleon called "Show Your Work." This book goes through all the details of why we must show our art. In this book Austin states, "I realize that the only way to find your voice is to use it." That is to say you must make work (and lots of it) to develop an artistic style.  Then you must get your work out to others daily.

I am my harshest critic, but I shouldn't be.  I must be my biggest proponent.

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