I’ve had imposter syndrome for as long as I can remember. Every time I made an achievement I felt as it was because I got lucky, instead of the fact that I just worked very hard to get where I’m at. Some days I have these voices in my head that I’m an imposter, and they go hand-in-hand with Mrs. Self-Doubt who joins in by saying that I’m not good enough. Mr Imposter Syndrome and Mrs Self-Doubt can sometimes overpower me and drain all of my creative energy.
But over the years I’ve learnt that I wasn’t alone. In fact, Mr Imposter Syndrome whispers to quite a lot of people in the creative industry. Even the people that I would never suspect of having Mrs Self-Doubt sitting on their shoulder, did.
There was an article published on Creative Review a couple of years ago discussing the effects of Mr Imposter Syndrome and Mrs Self-Doubt and how to deal with them, and after reading this I felt inspired to create this piece. I gathered all of the little things they whispered to me and gave them a voice, but as soon as I drew this they became silent. In the midst of these voices saying that I wasn’t good enough, was a quiet one saying that everything will be okay and I clung onto that.
Do you ever get moments of self doubt? Of imposter syndrome?