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How I overcame being branded ‘untalented’?


At a certain age we all go through a period in our creative lives when we start comparing our work to real life – or worse, to others’ work. This usually stops us from continuing. In most cases adults would encourage us to stop by calling us ‘untalented’, regardless of the benefits creating art provides.

In a recent guest post I have shared my personal route from being ‘untalented’ to creating art freely. While this journey is still not at an end, I wrote this article in the hope that people will realise that the process of creating is much more important than the result and that so-called ‘talent’ is not necessarily an existing quality.

You can read the full article here. Thank you to Zahra for the guest posting opportunity.

Comments (5)

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    July 9, 2018 at 4:11 pm

    […] your hand, whereas the wrong brush will lead to your tearing at your hair and blaming your “unexsisting talent” for something that might be the bad brush’s […]

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    September 4, 2019 at 9:25 am

    […] a Work of Art (even though it usually ends up one), so your perfectionism will not tell you that you are not good enough (always assuming you are a perfectionist.. if you are not, that’s your great […]

  • Feeling the fear… – IMELDA GREEN'S

    September 4, 2019 at 10:00 am

    […] or professional, illustrator, dancer or musician. Every creator is scared that what they produce is not good enough. That their work is pointless. Actually, the more original the work, the more afraid they are, […]

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    February 10, 2020 at 8:40 am

    […] in mind that talent is overrated, and it’s not enough to keep you in the oversaturated market of illustration – even if […]

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