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In the Process: Dealing with a Crisis

In the Process: Dealing with a Crisis


Have I ever had a crisis
where I doubt my own abilities? Yeah, pretty much every time I’m in the studio. Probably constantly.
Every time I accomplish something I feel bad. I’m doubting my creative abilites
with every single track. OK… what is this all about? It doesn’t mean anything, like, it’s too easy,
it’s flat and doesn’t have anything profound to it. Am I doing the right thing, or is it good enough,
or is it good at all? Overcoming massive self doubt is a really
important part of being an artist. If you don’t doubt yourself or what you do you’re probably not very reflected
on what is good in your work. Having a strong critic voice is what makes people
good artists because they know, oh, this is good, this is not good. Reviewing your work, that is absolutely
necessary and fundamental for progress. For me it helps always, collaborating with people
is like, always the best way to save your soul… …somehow. When you work with people you’re not just sitting
there in your studio, desperate, you’re kind of pulled into action
and you do something fun together. I get a lot of satisfaction out of that.
And that helps drive it and keep me going. One of the most important strategies I have
to overcome anxieties is to practice meditation. I always advice people
that if you hit that crisis just move forward, and then test, see if you’re in a better place. And if you’re not, roll the dice,
tumble and try again. Now when the muse strikes and the inspiration
comes and you get on a roll, you have to honor it. It’s really important to just… okay, you know what
maybe you don’t need to stop the session now, you can skip that dinner you were supposed
to go to and keep working and ride this thing out. A lot of being an artist means you need to ignore
the crisis moment and simply work through it. It’s a little hard sometimes. But you just embrace
it and say okay, it’s good, here it’s good, it feels bad, it hurts, but it’s good.

Comments (15)

  1. needed this, thank you

  2. Love this
    ..needed this too. Thanks

  3. Erin Barra in the thumbnail…what is this clickbait???!!!

  4. That's what I needed, thanks!

  5. The never ending crisis of being an artist is exacerbated by negative social media. It is an act act of necessary courage to openly discuss one’s doubts. Thank you. We need more compassion.

  6. What Lee "Scratch" Perry would say?

  7. such a good topic honestly

  8. The worst for me is social media distractions. they're everywhere. I end up getting absorbed and before you know it the day is gone. πŸ™

  9. Always feels good to know you're not the only self-deprecating artist

  10. not that I'm in this video, I'm not, and not that my opinion matters for this, but I'm thinking this is like a right brain left brain thing probably, ? Does it really matter to be reflective? Too bad these people are doubting themselves like this. Surprising, you'd think they would be like who really cares lets go have fun until it's over then have some food and drinks. Then do it all over again some other time.

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  12. the intro is literally spooky scary skeletons

  13. 1:40 is that Carla Scaletti??????

  14. I try to turn a crisis into another song / track. Hardest part is getting started !

  15. god the tacky obvious swing music

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