5 Tips to Creating Authentic Art
When it comes to creating great art that resonates with your audience and sticks in the back of your mind for years to come, authenticity is key!
The funny part is that we are all authentic people leading authentic and honest lives (for the most part). even if the lives we lead aren’t 100% in line with who we really are, our experiences, feelings, wants and needs are.
It’s just that sometimes translating that into art isn’t as easy as we’d like it to be, but it can be quite simple.
Let’s Get Right Into It:
1. Remove the Filter
-We don't want the filter version of yourself. They're boring. They don't feel. They aren't honest. They're not real. And we can't connect to something that isn't real. Show us who you really are. Show us what you love and hate. Let us know you have bad breath in the morning just like the rest of us... Something.
The thing is that you're amazing and phenomenal. Don't insult your creator or downplay yourself by putting a mask on who you really are.
2. Don't edit too much
- that's where the good stuff is: in the raw, imperfect and messy unfiltered honesty that can only come from living an honest life. People want something that resonates with them. Sure, sometimes ideals are favored, but the connection is made at the most vulnerable points in our lives. No one's life is picture perfect. Your art doesn't have to be either. I tend to find the beauty in imperfections. Some of my favorite songs are songs that I can feel. They may land flat or sharp on a note, but that is a big part of the beauty of that song.
3. Don't worry so much about following the rules.
-You know what they say; "Rules are meant to be broken". And I believe that wholeheartedly. Most of the art that strikes me, are the ones that make me go, "hmm...that's different." Don't be so consumed with doing things how other people are doing them. Here is the only rule when it comes to art; THERE ARE NONE.
4. Don't get too many outside opinions from other people.
-The thing is that most people mean well. They want the best for you and will make suggestions and edit you to protect you and make you look good in their opinion. It's sweet and from a loving place. Taking constructive criticism is really important to anyone's success. So take it when it is necessary to take it.
But here's the most important part. Be sure that you're not changing your message, or lessening your impact trying to please other people.
I once had someone call a song I wrote about getting over an ex arrogant. I thought about tailoring my message or taking it back, but I knew that I meant what I said. There was no way that I was going to change it to make my art easier to digest.
You have to learn how and when to stick to your guns and when to apply some constructive criticism.
5. Create for yourself first.
Art is meant to be appreciated. There's no question about that. But in order for you to actually enjoy and not be burned out by your art, you must create for yourself first.
Forget creating art that "other people will like". What about you? What would be the point of creating art that you hate but others love? that's be a miserable existence. You'd hate it. You would be hindered from creating authentically and you would hate creating at all.
Seriously take inventory of what you're doing. Do you really love it? Or are you just creating things in hopes that people will love it. Don't get me wrong; You can have both.
But just don't worry about tailoring your art to fit a particular audience. They will come. Just create honest art that you love first. That way, the people that partake and enjoy your art will be people that you actually like and can relate you.
Wearing a mask gets old and exhausting really fast.
I hope these tips help you on your journey to creating honest and authentic art that you and your tribe will love.
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