“There was never any fear for me, no fear of failure. If I miss a shot, so what?”—Michael Jordan
Last weekend, I went to the opening reception for my nephew Christopher Guglielmo’s art exhibition. This was his first gallery opening. He is the featured artist for the month of March at Gallery 200 in West Chicago. With over 25 works of art on exhibit it was an impressive collection. As I roamed the gallery, I thought about how someone goes from painting to putting their work out there for the world to see. I asked Chris how this exhibition came about. He said someone told him about the gallery about a year ago, he checked it out and the rest is now history.
Putting together an exhibition opens the creative projects you’ve birthed to be viewed and critiqued by strangers. That can be a frightening thought! It requires a vision and a belief in oneself; as well as the willingness to take action. How many people have missed opportunities because they were blocked by their own self-doubt and fear?
If fear is stopping you, think about what’s the worse thing that could happen if you put your work out there. Usually ones fears are much worse than the reality. If your work receives a negative critique, don’t worry, you’re in good company. Walt Witman, Dr. Suess and J.K. Rowhling’s manuscripts were turned down multiple times. Are there critics that don’t understand your work? Claude Monet and other impressionist painters were initially ridiculed by the public and art critics. If you are afraid, find one manageable step to take in the direction of your dream. It might be posting some of your art work on the web for sale, sending a manuscript to a publisher, or accepting a speaking engagement about your craft. With each small step, you’ll notice fear slipping away, and if you miss the shot, just keep shooting.
At the opening, Christopher didn’t talk about fear. He talked about inspiration, creative mediums, and the paintings he’s working on. His creative passion is evident in all his works. I personally love the color in his work and know which painting I want for my hallway. If you live in the Chicagoland area, stop by the Gallery 200 before the end of March.
This week: Breathe through your fear and take one small step towards your dream.
Peace and Blessings,