So here it is: When I turned 23, had been making small weavings on a little lap loom, and giving them to friends, or selling them at shops around town. Each year on my birthday, I tell myself one thing I'm going to accomplish in the next year. For the 23rd, I decided to make this big ass weaving. I made the loom out of a pallet board I found in the basement, and had previously used it to weave a rug with fabric strips (I'll tell you more about that in a later post). To give you an idea of size, the pallet board itself is about 2.5ft x 4ft. The idea of working with yarn on a loom that size was daunting, to say the least.
So I decided to do it. I decided to say fuck it and just start, which was of course, (warning: cheesy cliche ahead): the hardest part. And I'll be honest, A lot of the time, I worked on it VERY part time. Sometimes I avoided it for weeks, before finally pulling myself out of it and sitting down again in from of the loom. The loom was in our apartment for about 6 months, but I really only worked on it for about 4 months. The point is, it's natural to be afraid or intimidated by things that seem out of reach. But once you get started, like anything else, it gets easier. Whatever you're working on (or not working on) right now, whether it be art, or writing, or trying make career moves, there are going to be obstacles. But try to move forward a little at a time, and I promise you you'll make progress. In case you need some examples of small steps, here are some that I've set for myself over the years:
1. Try to make a little thing every day. And I mean anything. Write a poem or a story, edit a picture, play an instrument, practice a second language - Anything to enhance your creative conscious
2. Related to that, remember to keep posting work as well was creating. In this day and age an online presence is key. It's the main way that people are going to find and see and want to pay for your work. So whatever it is that you're into, remember to keep your many fans updated with in progress updates, finished pieces, and experiments in the meantime.
3. The general future is the most daunting thing of all. If your concern is how to be successful in the creative world, the ways to start are: Keep an updated portfolio, go out and meet people and do things, and let everyone know when you've finished a piece, or a body of work. Send it out, tell people about it. You are your own best hype man/woman. You got this.
To finish off, I finally finished a big and daunting task and I'll tell you, it feels incredible. It feels worth it. And I' glad now that I put in the work. And whatever it is you're working on, you can put in the work too.