Maisel’s comforting book about making your creative mark reminds make a key point about identity management.
He says that we must know what to do when we think we’ve lost our right to call ourselves something. We must have a game plan, orchestrated in advance, so that when our identity weakens, we know exactly what useful things we intend to do to strengthen it.
During my own low periods of doubt, gloom and hopelessness about my creative process, my first go to tactic is exposure. Going back through my body of work and reviewing my old albums, films and books.
Some of which were more successful than others, but all of which make me feel proud and confident about my artistic abilities, and thus, they reinforce my creative identity.
It’s like my doctor always tells me during flu season. Flood yourself with fluids.
The same principle applies to our identity. When we realize that we have fallen asleep to who we are, or that we’re not being seen for who we are, we can’t waste time beating ourselves up for losing our way.
Instead, we go find things that are tied to our inner most sense of identity and tap into their totemic power.
Remember, it is on our shoulders to nurture our artist identity.
Each of us must plan for these identity collapse moments in advance by creating our own personal identity rehabilitation protocol.
LET ME ASK YA THIS…
What will you do when you notice that your identity has begun to weaken or vanish?
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