My last post talked mostly about rejection, but on the flip side there’s that euphoria of hearing that you are good enough after all. While the rejections come fast and hard, the successes are often few and far between – but that makes them all the more satisfying. Of course, I’m not saying that getting a hundred acceptance letters would be boring, but there’s something about that one in a million that just hits the spot.
Now, I can’t say I’m successful, but I feel with everything that I do that meets whatever standards and is ultimately good enough, there’s a bit of a boost to my confidence. I think it’s natural, and it’s high that any artist rides for a while and in the end you feel invincible. That…well, that is dangerous. For that brief time you feel everything you do is perfect, and then when somebody tells you once again, that it’s not good enough, you fall hard. Reality is a cruel, cruel mistress, and she really has a bite to her. But I think it’s a good thing that people eventually fall. It means you’re human.
This post comes on the heels not from my writing, but other endeavors. I recently got back into the modelling world, and though it doesn’t take much talent (I mean, it does, but it’s a different sort of talent than other creative projects), it does feel good to be vindicated that there is something out there that I might actually be okay at doing. In the past couple of weeks, as previously mentioned, I’ve had a bunch of works rejected by several publications. But, I did do a photoshoot about a month ago that has been featured on a blog.
That exposure has lead to other opportunities. In the coming months I’ll have a few other shoots going on with various photographers. It’s a nice buoyancy. Sure, I’m “failing” at my true craft, and what I have the passion to do, but on the other hand, I’m finding success elsewhere. It’s one of those having your cake and eating it too things. Don’t get me wrong, I really do enjoy being apart of the photography and art world as a model. I may not be creating the art, but I get to take part, and dare I say, even be the art.
That can work for you too. Just because you classify yourself as a writer, or an actor, or photographer, or artist, it doesn’t mean you can’t explore elsewhere. The world of art and creation is huge. It’s as vast as any ocean, and there are opportunities out there for everyone. You just have to be willing to try new things and broaden your horizons. If you do that, who knows what wonderful paths may open up in this big, magical world.
You can check out the photographers work here as well. This contains mostly nature photo’s. He takes trips to Zambia quite often, and it’s glorious.