In our previous blog, the Nashville music production experts at Nashville Demo Factory discussed a few simple ways to harness creative energy, jumpstart your creative process, and avoid frustrating mental barriers that stifle your creative success. We’ll continue with that topic here, giving you more helpful ways to get creative and stay creative.
Don’t fear failure.
There’s nothing that stifles creativity more than a fear of failure—or in other words, a fear that your artistic work that doesn’t meet your own standards, isn’t appreciated by your peers or role models, or isn’t a commercial or critical success. This fear of failure doesn’t just slow down the creative process—it can stop it before it begins. After all, if you’re not making successful art straight away, then why even try in the first place?
For those who are passionate about making art in any form, this is a dangerous attitude to have because not a single artist in history made successful or quality art on their very first try. Did Francis Ford Coppola make exclusively masterpiece films on his way to making The Godfather? Did the Beatles always create innovative, anthemic pop tunes on their way to the release of Abbey Road? The answer to both of these questions is no—these artists made commercial flops, critical disasters, and art that didn’t even incite a public response at all on their way to the top. They sang the wrong notes, wrote terrible scripts, and created objectively poor art before they achieved any sort of success.
What sets these artists apart from the pack is that they didn’t see failure as an obstacle or a pass-fail scenario—they see it as a rite of passage on their way to creative success and fulfillment. Take failure in stride—even when the failure comes often—and use that knowledge and experience for your creative success down the road.
Don’t expect things to be perfect.
Even if you’re already creating quality art in some form, it’s unhealthy to push for creative “perfection” that can never be achieved. Part of the beauty of art is that it’s never going to be perfect, which means you’ll always have room to expand your knowledge of your craft and your clarity of artistic expression.
We get it—there’s something poetic and exciting about attempting to bring your creative vision to life down to the very last detail. But most of the time, parts of the creative process won’t go as planned, so you must be open-minded, flexible, and creative to adapt your creative project to the circumstances. You never know, you might create something that’s even better than what you originally imagined!
Don’t worry about being original.
Over 1.5 billion songs have been written throughout the course of history, with a new song written every two minutes. Do you really think it’s a meaningful (or possible) conquest to write a song that is 100 percent original.
Much like a fear of failure, a fear of being unoriginal can stop your artistic expression before it begins—so while you shouldn’t take this as permission to rip off other artists directly, you should take is a sign to relax and make art that feels right to you.
The things that make your art truly original aren’t the chord progressions, the characters, or the painting technique—it’s your unique voice and view of the world. If you can find a way to let your voice and perspective shine through in your work, you’ll make art that’s truly unique because it will be true to you.
Stay tuned for part 3 of our series on harnessing your creativity. Until then, check out our recent blog posts!