I really appreciate this episode for so so many reasons. Thank you for your honesty and candor, I imagine that it wasn't easy to share some of these stories. Failure is part of life, but in a world of perfect social media posts, and facades, we rarely see the "process" of failure. It's so easy for us as listeners/learners to forget that even the three of you make mistakes and still have moments of doubt.
Someone said "FAIL really stands for- First Attempts In Learning."
I also listened to a TED talk, in which the speaker said that every evening around the dinner table her father would ask, "how did you fail today?" To which each family member would share in a positive, excited way, how they tried something new and learned from it.
I laughed out loud at Lee's story about his mom, and the dog picture. I just finished a business card design that I was really really proud of, and then I made the mistake of showing my parents. They said, "oh you're getting better, I think one day you will make it..." Then my dad started talking about how many talent people are trying to make it in the industry. I think I've learned where my, cough, cough, "realist outlook" comes from.
I also feel that for me, as a creator, I go through cycles of highs and lows. One day I feel like I can accomplish anything, ideas flow and I'm stoked at where my journey is headed. The next day I loose a handful of followers on Instagram, I talk to an acquaintance about my goals or ideas, and they ask how many children's books I have published, and then say " illustrator don't make very much money do they?"
Then I guess at that point I get mad enough that I tell myself "I'll prove'm wrong!! And I keep working at it anyway." And the cycle starts over again.
At the end of the day I always come back to this: If I give up on my art now, where will I be in 5 years? No better than where I am today, but if I keep working at it consistently for the next 5 years, surely I will become better. And if I'm only on this art journey for the sake of everyone else, then I loose out, because my art is part of who I am, and I'm not really willing to cut that out of my life, for fear of failure, or because someone else didn't like what I created.
Thanks Will, Jake, & Lee for your knowledge, humor, and awesomeness. What a great resource you have become in my life. I'm seriously thankful that I found SVS when I did!