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Updated: Apr 15

Embracing Self-Worth: A Manifesto for Creatives

In a world where self-doubt often lurks in the shadows of artistic endeavors, it's paramount for creatives to recognize and celebrate their inherent worth and talents. Each of us brings a unique perspective, a distinct voice, and a particular set of skills to every project we undertake. It's time to embrace and champion these qualities with unyielding conviction.

As artists, we are often our harshest critics. We scrutinize every brushstroke, every word, every note, searching for flaws and imperfections. But what if we shifted our perspective? What if we approached our work with reverence for the talents and abilities that make us who we are? Recognizing our inherent worth doesn't mean succumbing to arrogance or egotism.

Instead, it's about acknowledging the value we bring to the table individually and collectively. It's about honoring the years of dedication, hard work, and passion that have shaped us into today's artists.

Celebrating the uniqueness we bring to every project is not just an act of self-love; it's a revolutionary act of empowerment. It's about reclaiming our narrative, rejecting the notion that creativity is a commodity to be commodified and devalued. It's about asserting our right to be seen, heard, and appreciated for the gifts we bring to the world.

In a society that often measures success in terms of external validation and recognition, it's easy to lose sight of our worth. But proper validation comes from within—from the unwavering belief in ourselves and our abilities. It's about finding fulfillment in the creative process rather than seeking validation from external sources.

So, let us pledge to recognize our inherent worth and talents, not as a means to an end but as a fundamental aspect of our identity as creatives. We celebrate our uniqueness in every project, knowing it is our greatest strength. And let us carry this sense of self-worth and empowerment with us on our creative journey, illuminating the path for ourselves and others.

Ultimately, it's not about proving our worth to the world; it's about recognizing it within ourselves. And when we do, we unlock the true potential of our creativity, unleashing a force that can change the world, one brushstroke, one word, one note at a time.

My Personal Experience:

I've been an actor since I was 12 years old, 47 years. I've experienced rejection, harsh criticism, and downright cruelty because I didn't look, talk, or carry myself in an certain "preferred" fashion.

I had to train myself to listen deeply to the 12-year-old who was so excited to get on stage that she couldn't stop giggling in the wings and wet her pants before she went on stage(TMI?!). She is the part of me that I continue to make art for and with. We are a team. We are ME. I'm so proud of the accomplishments and strides I've made and will continue to make as a theatre artist for the rest of my life.

For me, it is a matter of nurturing that relationship.

What is your experience?

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Your Art Pal,


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