My daughter watches Youtube makeup channels. I often listen in to them while she is viewing. They are fascinating, and many of the Youtube stars on these channels go through the same emotions that I have with the development of the podcast. (Plus, I usually get a few makeup tips!)
Today, we were listening to one makeup artist who was commenting on a negative campaign that has gone out on her makeup line. She was distraught, angry, and spending her energy defending her decisions. She put herself out into the world sharing her passion, and she made herself vulnerable.
I sympathized with her. I know how it is to have the need when in a vulnerable state, to fight back.
When artists of any kind, release their work for others to use, see, listen to, or read, they put a mark on themselves that states “opened for the business of other’s criticism!” It is not a comfortable place.
The place of being vulnerable with others with my writing has been one of the barriers to me not producing and publishing. I, like most, do not take negative feedback well. Unproductive, hateful criticism has no value and shuts me down.
However, when I was listening to Youtube star, the only thing I could think was, “why is she giving her critics so much time and energy?”
There has to be a balance in an artist’s life where they listen to the feedback and input that is valuable and ignore the criticism that is not of value.
If one believes in the product, story, or music they have passionately created—and put themselves out in the world to share it—then they need to be prepared for the feedback. All the feedback-- the good, the bad, and the just right mean!
That is not an easy challenge and one I am still learning to embrace.
How about you, does being vulnerable stop you in your creative tracks?