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Reinventing Your Creative Self

You’ve invested a lot of time in developing your artistic skills and many years working as an artist, but suddenly you find yourself uninspired, bored and uncreative. Wondering where the passion for your work has gone? Are you questioning if you should continue in your creative field? Do you feel an urgency to make a drastic career change?

Don’t worry this doesn’t mean you’re all washed up as a creative individual and most importantly you are not alone. When this happens it’s natural not only to panic, but to also take it personal. It’s common for working artists or creative professionals to eventually hit some plateau in their career. This loll could be a sign that you need to re-evaluate the direction of your career or maybe reinvent it.

In order to keep our creativity thriving and avoid becoming stagnant, we require from time to time, periods of redefining ourselves as creative individuals. Sometimes this means deconstructing what exist and embarking on new and fresh terrain. It may mean stepping out of our comfort zone and opening ourselves up to what is unfamiliar and unknown. These phases challenge our creativity, which keeps it fresh, alive and flourishing. In fact, I truly believe deep down inside creative individuals hunger for new experiences.

Don’t be afraid to reinvent yourself if that means exposing yourself to a new medium or making a career transition. It may mean accepting a project that challenges your confidence or abilities. The results could bring unexpected transformation to the level of your creativity. Taking the time to reevaluate where you’re at, can lead to further growth as a creative professional and working artist.

Cover image and top image from Shutterstock and The Creative Finder.

This is a cross-post from The Art of Mind.

Lisa A Riley, MA, LMFT is a Creativity Coach and has spent more than nine years working with creative individuals such as artists, actors, designers, musicians, writers, and actors. She “helps to empower clients to take steps towards enhancing their creativity and move closer to becoming the artist they envisioned themselves to be”. See her multiple ‘Products for Your Creative Success’ on her site The Art of Mind.

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