Imposter syndrome is the hairy beast that shows up when we're trying to take that next big step in our lives.
We know what we want to achieve. We know we want more for ourselves. And we know we have to embark on a new adventure in order for that to happen.
There is scary stuff ahead. Stuff we don't know how to do. Stuff that doesn't come with a guarantee of success. This fear is real, and it's trying to keep us safe.
Danger ahead! Watch out!
In her book Big Magic, Elizabeth Gilbert writes:
Your fear will always be triggered by your creativity, because creativity asks you to enter into realms of uncertain outcome, and fear hates uncertain outcome.
When we allow that fear to be in charge, we give away our power, our hopes, and our dreams. We hear voices whispering …
Who do you think you are?
Most artists have battled these voices, which is why I was happy to discuss imposter syndrome on the Art Biz Podcast with corporate-world-turned-full-time-artist Christa Forrest.
Christa is a big advocate for fake it til you make it, but that doesn't mean that she doesn't have doubts and insecurities. In this episode, you'll hear how Christa developed thick skin by showing her work at art festivals, why she is laser focused on building her email list, and how she overcomes feelings of inadequacy in her art practice.
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- Christa Forrest describes the process of turning women into goddesses, and leaving her corporate job. (2:20)
- Building an art business while preparing to quit your full-time job. (6:05)
- Christa shares the income streams that allowed her to focus solely on her art. (10:56)
- The tipping point—pinpointing your focus and selling your work. (13:23)
- How to develop the thick skin that is required of serious artists. (17:29)
- Tips for creating an online presence that makes more money. (21:05)
- Imposter syndrome—what it means and where it’s most likely to appear in an artist’s world. (24:08)
- Tools that will help you find the courage to fake it til you make it. (30:05)
- Is imposter syndrome keeping you from making—and meeting—your goals? (33:42)
- Overcoming the moment when imposter syndrome takes over. (41:44)
- The support system that helps Christa stay grounded amidst her weaknesses. (44:14)
- A look at what is keeping Christa’s attention in the studio now. (45:51)
- “I had to figure out what I have to offer and what problem I have to solve before I started my actual business.” — Christa Forrest
- “It was really important to me at that time to be able to say ‘I’m an artist.’” — Christa Forrest
- “If I can build my email list, I know I can build my income.” — Christa Forrest
- “Failure is the only way we get better.” — Alyson Stanfield
About My Guest
Christa Forrest works in pastel, oil, acrylic and mixed media art. After spending 20 years in a finance career, she decided to follow her true passion and become a full-time artist. Christa spends her time sharing her passion with others, teaching others to be creative and exploring the world's landscape, recreating it on canvas. Her art is a combination of realism, exploration, experimentation, and pure fun.
Follow Christa on Instagram: @christaforrestfineart
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