Doubt often plagues us creative types. Regardless of being a painter, musician, writer, dancer or any other creative outlet we want acclamation. One of the biggest questions we ask ourselves “is am I any good?”
Being “good” is all in the eye of the beholder, listener or reader. However there are a few things we can do to gauge our talent.
- Ask your fans for their honest opinions—usually they will tell you what they like or don’t like and why they feel that way.
- Find a critique group—together you can collaborate, brain storm and offer honest critiques to help one another grow and improve.
- Ask your colleagues—find others in your field that is willing to give you an honest assessment. The best way to do this is to build a friendship with one another.
- Have a mentor—a mentor is someone that take you under his/her wing and gives you the guidance and wisdom they’ve accumulated over the years. A mentor will offer suggestions and direction to help you grow.
- Never stop learning—with online classes, blogs, podcast and numerous other resources at our fingertips it is easier than ever to continue learning, improving and practicing our craft.
- Workshops—this is a great way to learn new techniques and receive honest and open feedback
- Practice, Practice, Practice—you can learn everything there is to know about your craft but if you never practice and work on improving then you are no better than when you started. The more you practice and work the more you will grow and the better you will become.
What other ways do you gauge your talent?