Do you feel it? Are you diving into the pool or sitting on the edge waiting to get permission to jump in
Overcoming Imposter Syndrome…hands raised, have you struggled with it? 🙋🏼♀️
The photo above is Sean and I opening night at my first official solo Gallery Art show May 9, 2009 (and yes I know Sean has his eyes closed but this is still one of my favorite art career moments and photos of us, because Sean has been such a huge support to me on my Creative journey 💕)
As a self taught Artist, who didn’t believe I could make a living as an Artist, you can imagine how much I’ve struggled with Imposter Syndrome.
Even though I felt it, I didn’t give in, and that’s the only reason I built a business as a Working Artist.
I trusted myself enough to commit to creating work for, and attending that opening of my first solo Art show.
That night, with my Art hanging alongside the mural I painted on the gallery wall (see a close-up of the mural below), friends celebrating, some acknowledging my work and new career path for the first time; I wondered, how did I get here? Am I really an Artist? Won’t people judge that I’m self-taught and am only here because I decided to give myself permission to pursue my dream.
Yes, and yes.
Imposter Syndrome, judgment or approval from others or not, you are ultimately the one who gives yourself permission to step into your fullest expression and power. ✨💃
Today on the podcast I’ll be sharing some insight and tips on overcoming it.
And if you’d like to take this conversation further, join me on Clubhouse @ 10:30 am PST @marisaanne I’ll be hosting a room alongside a special guest, a UK illustrator I connected with on Clubhouse. (Yes, 2 weeks in I'm still a fan of this incredible App…I've got podcast plans with this audio only platform in the works, more details in today's episode.)