I am one to admit, find your creative footing early on can be tough. We’re living in a weird time where it becomes harder and harder to define who we truly are because our true selves can oddly enough be overshadowed by the sometimes awe-inspiring connections we have made via social media. While it can most certainly be helpful to find inspiration through others, it is discovering what actually defines you that leads you down the path to success.
Finding my voice early on was like spinning an invincible wheel millions of times hoping for it to land exactly where I needed it to. I was just as confused as anyone else in the beginning. I learned very early if I wanted to make it anywhere, I had to come from a place of truth and not be some watered down version of someone else. I began blogging when blogging had just really become a huge thing. It was very intimidating to step out into something that was already being tackled by so many amazing other creatives. That alone created a lot of pressure for me. One of the things I remember most is the uncertainty in myself as I began blogging. In any career, but especially as a writer, knowing yourself and defining that early on is a very vital factor.
I always knew as a child I wanted to be a writer or a journalist of some sort. As I got older and time progressed, I shied away from what was dear to my heart for the sake of fitting in and being accepted by others. It is true what they say, who we are called to be and what we are called to do always finds its way back to us. Before writing had magically found its way back and I started blogging, I spent years working my way up the corporate ladder. However, I knew deep inside that there was something about what I was building in my life that wasn’t truly me or not going to fully satisfy me in the long run.
While building my online presence, I knew that a job that didn’t support my creative talents just wasn’t for me any longer. The moment I had accepted this fact and grew more passionate about building my brand, that door to being a successful business woman in the corporate world had shut for good. Through this time, I learned the value of authenticity. The value of creating something that was a representation of who I truly am and everything that I believe in.
As a creative, there is a huge world out there for you to fall into and become anyone that you desire to be. The thing with this is, it’s so much easier for you to get caught up creating false versions of ourselves for accolades or self-proclaimed ideas of “success.” Finding your creative footing or originality begins with finding the strength to be authentically you. It’s a huge disservice to yourself and others to build on something that is not solely who you truly are. I honestly believe in the importance of finding your own voice and identity in your career. It doesn’t matter if you’re a writer, stylist, sales person, musical artist, makeup artist or whatever, create in authenticity. It’s crucial for you to find your creative footing and authentically walk in that truth, only because in the end, you just wind up creating content, material or whatever it is that you do and building something falsely. It’s like creating a life for some person you crafted in your mind, instead of creating from your true authentic self.
Always choose authenticity. You are you, and that is your power. There is nothing stronger than being your authentic self.
Photo Cred: Writer and Musician, Ameriie
Be Inspired. Be Encouraged. Be Blessed.