Passion and Fear

Working in the creative industry, it is important to have a passion for the work, rather than a passion for the pay. So how do you keep your passion alive. This is a topic that has come to my attention recently, and I’m a bit stumped by it. From my work so far in the industry, I’ve found that the passion can come and go. At times it will be consuming and a personal project may keep me up to the wee hours of the morning. And other times I might lack passion entirely, not feeling like creating anything at all. My method of getting through the fluctuations would just be perseverance. Trudging through the creatively lacking times, letting myself have the moment of rest/null, and embracing the creative moments as much as I can, getting the most productivity out of them. Entrepreneur and regular vlogger, Hank Green, says that we stop creating because we are afraid, he says that creation is terrifying because it opens the door to judgement. However, he also states that the best way to overcome this fear is to persevere, to create constantly.

There is not a solution because fear and lack of motivation is not a problem. Creative people, and people in general, are never constants. People are like a fluid, continuously  moving and rippling, we have up points and down points. The issue of keeping passion alive is not a solvable problem, it is an inherent part of our creative nature, we will burn out at some stage and we will need some time to recover our motivation. It is important to have this contrast in life, to have the bad times. Because if we were not to have times when we lacked motivation or creative inspiration, then all the times when motivation was abundant would feel stale and numbing. Working in the creative industry is never going to be easy. It isn’t likely that you will become a millionaire with this line of work. But it is definitely exciting work.


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