Does it really matter what other people think of your art? When should you seek advice, critique, and opinion—and when should you trust your voice?
In this episode of Character Test, I talk with author and designer James Victore about what happens when you stop seeking the opinions of others and start making art you believe in.
James Victore is an artist and designer whose work has been featured in the Museum of Modern Art and the Louvre. He’s also the author of Feck Perfuction, a guide to living a bold creative life. In the book, he talks about creativity, courage, strength, and resilience.
What does it really take to make the art you love? In this episode, we talk about how James finds courage and resilience in his work and in his art, including:
- How to make work fun (and why that matters)
- What to do when work isn’t fun
- Why James doesn’t believe in making work other people will like
- The danger of looking for other people’s opinions
- What happened when he did all the things he told himself he wasn’t good at
- What resilience really means for artists
James has an affirmation that he says to himself throughout the day:
“I am made up of love, knowing, clarity, and bliss.”
Try repeating this affirmation to yourself today. How does it impact the way you approach decisions, your work, and your life?
Share your experience in the comments section, and be sure to leave feedback for your fellow writers!