10 tips to boost confidence with Design Aglow contributor Dane Sanders: Part 1
As creative artists, we are constantly judged on whether our work is captivating and compelling, whether our art is "good enough" to purchase; whether we are "good enough" to hire to create something beautiful and truly valuable for clients. Today, we have the most complete catalog of art in history, literally at our fingertips, as the internet flourishes with breathtaking imagery 24/7. Therefore, it is hard not to compare our work to others or to feel envious of the talent and gifts of those who surround us. Here's the thing: we all, at one point or another, struggle with confidence. It is an obstacle we artists tend to face. However, as Margery Williams once said, "It doesn't happen all at once. You become. It takes a long time." Success doesn't happen all at once. It doesn't! You become successful. It takes time to find success. It comes with perseverance, motivation, inspiration, an abundance of experience and education. We tend to forget this. When success is not felt right away, it seems we quickly lose confidence. Subsequently, when we lose our confidence, we lose our creativity that we depend on to be a success with the negative thoughts we have clouding our minds. It takes time: to learn from mistakes, to master our tools and our craft, to run an authentic business and to adapt to the ever-evolving technology. Truthfully, it takes time becoming the artist we feel confident being. It does not happen overnight or all at once, we become.
Here are ten tips from Dane Sanders we found to be helpful to increase our confidence level and to enhance our creativity as we become the artist we are meant to be.
Ola! I run The Auburn Hour Film Co. We’re all about creating modern, energetic and fun wedding films. After graduating university and bouncing around aimlessly for a few years (yes, I have a useless arts degree hanging in my home!), I found my way into the fashion and event scene, and eventually wound up second shooting wedding videos for friends I had gone to uni with. I had heard from a number of sources that I should never get into wedding films if I could help it. I would hear tales of bridezillas, endless stress and and backlog of overdue films up to my ears. And I was starting to believe it!
We created this stunning charcoal linen 12x12 album for a new client to showcase their family studio portrait session. WIth 20 pages printed on gorgeous Fuji Crystal Archive paper (about as far away as giclee/ink-jet printing you can get). These albums are meant to enjoy, collect, and treasure for generations to come. What family or grandparent would not love one of these for the holidays?
I never really intended to be a wedding photographer or cinematographer. I’ve always had a huge love for movies, and the idea of getting into that industry intrigued me, but I didn’t really know where to start. When I graduated with a degree in communications in 2006 and figured I'd just be at a typical 9-5er for the rest of my life. In 2011 a friend posted on Facebook that she needed someone to videotape her wedding ceremony (happening the next day). I borrowed my brother's canon Rebel and that was my first official wedding. A year later I quit my day job and was shooting weddings full time.