So I have hit a brick wall metaphorically speaking…. I am the sort of person who always wants to run before I can walk… it’s fun to run, right? It’s exciting, it’s different, it’s the unknown, it’s what gets me up in the morning excited to do my work. However, and the is a big however… it’s frustrating as hell to always want to be ahead of the game, somewhere where you are not. Sometimes my brain feels like it’s going to implode any minute. I have so many ideas, I want to try everything, I want to explore and experiment. But the realities of life hit. You can’t go that fast Emily, you have commitments to drop kids at school, pick them up, email clients, food shop, do the laundry, stay on top of the family business, look after a pre-schooler- the list goes on and on.
But what struck me this time is how I’m struggling to let go of that feeling of not quite being able to bounce back. Usually, a sing to some good music, an interesting article read, a ride on the pony or any number of things will click me out of my own way and allow the excitement to start rolling in again. So this time, I am going to reassess my goals and the direction I want to take my business. My biggest thing I want and need to achieve between now and the end of the year is creation. I need to get a solid structure in place for me to create new work. It takes time, effort and quiet, and those things are in fairly short supply. But it’s all about prioritising them, so that’s my main goal.
Whilst the business side of my art career continues to progress, I need to work on visibility. I see influencers with hundreds of thousands of followers and think ‘oh god, my following is tiny in comparison’. However, my work is specific, it’s unique and bespoke, I don’t need hundreds of thousands of followers to buy my work, I need a hand full. So actually, really nurturing my list and my current followers is the way forward. Work will spread if I just cherish, nurture and embrace my current network.
So there it is- when an artist gets blocked, what does she need to do? Write it down, share it, and create a new focus and set of goals…and off I go, inspired and ready to give it my all again!