Impostor syndrome: a belief that you’re an inadequate and incompetent failure, despite evidence that indicates you’re skilled and quite successful.
I often suffer from this delusion despite constant praise from those around me. There was once a sense of “they are just being nice,” but even as I overcame that paranoia it evolved into “they don’t know what makes good art/writing/film/design, so how would they know.”
I’ve worked very hard at any craft that I’ve taken on, but naturally I always see ways I could be better. I am friends with incredibly skilled artists, which my work always feels inadequate in comparison.
My realization though, is that my work is relatively unique. It’s not the best at anything, but when I get out of my own head and create from a place of emotion, people find my work interesting. Shouldn’t that be enough?.
I’m obviously not the only one dealing with imposter syndrome (it’s apparently quite common), so I want to be completely transparent about it so that you know you are not alone.