You have to wonder why it is that some people work hard to create something–a book or a work of art, let’s say–and to find an audience for that very thing, and then when confronted with this long desired crowd, end up terrified. Like I don’t know if I publish something somebody–maybe just one, but somebody–is going to read it. And if I make art and hang on a wall in a public space, somebody is going to see it. Duh. Why is it so bloody terrifying?
But storing it all away in the back of the closet is no comfort and is no less terrifying. Obviously I’m speaking for myself. Maybe you have no problem whatsoever handing over your written words or displaying your creative efforts, but even as I do these things, I feel sick.
In August in my favorite local coffee shop I’m going to have my first ever art show ever. For an entire month, my pictures will decorate their walls, and I am both excited and sure that I won’t be able to walk into the coffee shop for the duration. So, do you feel scared showing your work? And if you do, how do you work through it?