The Critic Within

You know the one. You are on a first-name basis, you are that intimate. To silence or cultivate?

Here’s a thought. Critics don’t change the world. Those who take chances and risk criticism move the world.

Pushing boundaries beyond the possible? Boundaries exist for a reason, no? Should I or shouldn’t I? Is this right? How am I measuring up? Second guessing becomes a new sport. Handy tools of a critic. Wielded with tenacity.

Self-editing before we ever begin our first draft. Why must we impose such hard lines when our creativity flows so much more fluidly without them?

Silence the critic with this: Action. Less talk. More do. It gives us purpose and forces us to be present because of its very immediacy. We cannot do in the past or future. We can only do in the now.

Cultivate the critic with this: Permission. Allow ourselves to fail for this is part and gift-wrapped parcel of the joy of taking risks. Say yes to the moment. Yes, right now. Fall in love with the process of creativity.

Hear the silence?

About altpick connects

Established in 1992, The Alternative Pick commenced with a clear mission, providing creative buyers with a vehicle to source the best brightest and most exciting illustrators, photographers, graphic designers and animators in the business. The Alternative Pick sourcebook (1992-2005) became the outlet for cutting-edge commercial talent, offering a unique platform for artists to showcase their work. The Alternative Pick Deck (2009-2012) offered a fun and engaging format for locating leading commercial artists. In addition, The Altpick Awards (2003-2011) introduced yet another way to provide a platform for talents to shine. To meet the demands of an ever-changing industry, was launched in 1996 and presently provides a vehicle for talent to utilize the web to connect more effectively with buyers. As we mark our 30th anniversary in 2021, remains a premier source for creative professionals and we plan to continue to push the envelope providing the best vehicle for buyers to connect with creative talent.
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2 Responses to The Critic Within

  1. Amen. Silence the censor!


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