So often I hear of artists who hold back their art because they are afraid no one will like it. Or that it’s simple, stupid or not worth sharing. I can understand that feeling. I get it all the time. There a number of videos I’ve made for clients that I have not blogged about simply because of fear. Fear that people won’t like it, comment on it, or hail it as cinematic artistry. So, I just tuck them away on Vimeo with the hope that the only people who will ever see it are the clients for whom I made it. Ironically, almost every client I’ve produced a video for has raved about the work I’ve done for them. But then I formulate excuses as to why they liked it. (“Well, of course they like it, it’s about them.”) I can’t accept the fact that maybe, just maybe, more people than I know will like it.
The most recent example of a time I felt like this was the short promo I made for Creative Mornings. When I finished it, I was very tentative about it. I just didn’t think it was all that. I was nervous about sharing it. I wanted to go back and re-edit the thing. But frankly, I just didn’t have the time. So I just put it out there. The response was more than I hoped. Tina “Swiss-Miss” Roth Eisenberg (the creator of Creative Mornings) said it brought her to tears. A dozen or more other tweets came in and praised it. As of this writing it has over 6,200 views (I know that’s not Philip Bloom or StillMotion kind of numbers, but it ain’t chopped liver. 😉 ) Do you know what’s so ironic about my initial feelings regarding this video? It has a sound bite by designer Rick Anwyl of Sonandsons.com (the presenter the day the video was shot) saying how each of us is unique and special, and that we each have something to give. He goes on to say “Find your voice. Be confident in who you are and what you do.” I guess I need to pay more attention to my own work.
Obvious to You. Amazing to Others.
Last week I came across a series of videos by CD Baby founder Derek Sivers. Derek has a new book out called “Anything You Want” and he had a series of short inspirational videos created by Plainly Simple Studios. This one below brilliantly captures the essence of this feeling we creatives so often get. I implore you to spend the next minute and fifty-four seconds to watch it. Then ask yourself, “Are you holding back something that seems too obvious to share?”
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