It is uncomfortable to say this outright and without any sarcasm, but I do think I’m good at art in some way, shape, or form. I think I’m a good photographer and editor. I believe I create aesthetically pleasing things, and I think I can problem solve through visual design. I wouldn’t even be on this creative endeavor if I didn’t think I was good at these things and if I didn’t think I could find success in this field.
I talk shit about getting a degree in fine art and how much debt I’m in, and how I’m a starving artist. Despite this, I still went to school for art because I love it, I’m passionate about it, and I believe that I can still find success despite being an art student.
Some might call it naive, some might call it arrogant, and I just call it confidence. I think it is incredibly important to have confidence in what you do, even if it does come off as naive or arrogant. And this doesn’t just apply to art or design. If are trying to defy social norms by going for something that is ‘against all odds’, then you have to think you are good enough to defy those odds.
If we ever did live in a world where you could spontaneously be ‘discovered’, then we don’t live in it anymore. Although, honestly, I don’t think we ever lived in that world. If you want to make it you have to hustle, make connections, and put yourself out there. There shouldn’t be any shame in saying, “Hey, look at me! I’m doing cool shit over here. I have important things to say. Check out my work.” All it takes is one, two, or a few of the right connections to find success, and your version of success is going to be different from another’s version of success.
I guess all I’m trying to say is that it is completely 100% okay to feel like you can defy the odds, and in my opinion, it is completely necessary.