This is the final episode of my three-part belief triad for putting your work out into the world so you can make connections, further your creative career, and get your projects made. You will enjoy the process much more than if you were to marinate yourself in doubt, self-criticism, or comparison.
The first episode was about belief in yourself and the second was about belief in your projects, and this episode is about the belief that there are people out there who want what you have to offer.
You don’t have to listen to these in order, but if you haven’t heard the other two, I think you’ll find them helpful if you’re struggling with moving your career along or having trouble marketing your screenplays or any other creative projects.
If you find you’re not making an effort to put your work out into the world – and by that, I mean meeting people, telling them what you do, and marketing your projects – there’s a good chance you don’t believe there is someone on the other side who is interested in what you have to offer.
If you’re more concerned about people criticizing you or thinking you’re not good enough, having thoughts that people are judging you, or that your work is too unique for anyone to appreciate, with all those thoughts, what you’re really doing is spending too much time in victimhood.
The more you believe others are judging you, you judge them. And that’s not a good recipe for relationship-building or moving things forward.
How do you show up when you’re indulging in these kinds of thoughts? You probably don’t show up at all.
Here’s a coachy little exercise you can use if you find you are spending a lot of time with these not-helpful thoughts.
What if, instead, you replaced your current thinking with the belief there are at least 1000 people out there, right now, who are ready to read your screenplay?
Some may want to produce your screenplay, and some may want to hire you for a writing assignment; some may want you as a writing partner, and some of those people may be managers who want to take you on as a client.
How would you show up if you were guaranteed that there were 1000 people in your orbit right now waiting for you? Then, all you have to do is find ways to connect with them.
Would you be pretty excited to start getting your work out there?
Would you be connecting with people every day to find those 1000 people who are in your orbit?
Maybe you would constantly improve your craft because you want to be on the playing field, not in the locker room when they do show up.
Would you get super creative figuring out how to connect with them?
Would you be inspired every day just to show up and move forward?
You wouldn’t waste a minute on BS victimhood thoughts.
They are ready right now.
They are willing and able to pay for your skills.
They want to work with you.
How would you feel if you believed that?
You don’t know who is watching you, or when or how they plan to reach out to you.
You just have to believe they are out there, and your only job is to connect with them through who you are being and the value you present to the relationship.
Who you are right now as a writer is a perfect fit for someone out there. You don’t have to know exactly who before you start putting your work out into the world.
In the episode before this “belief triad,” I talked about my favorite writer, Quentin Tarantino, who inspired me to create this series because he embodies all three of these beliefs. Some people would judge his writing and say he can’t write or is just awful. You could look at his body of work and argue that.
The lesson is that what some people will judge your work on will be what other people will want to pay you for.
You get to decide that there are people out there who want what you have to offer. Just decide that is what you are going to believe about people.
That doesn’t mean you are entitled to their response on every project you put out into the world. What comes back to you is earned through continuing to give value and consistency.
So, choose to believe there are at least 1000 people out there, right now, just waiting for what you have to offer.
And that concludes my belief triad for writers and other creative artists.
The three beliefs to being successful as a creative artist:
- Belief in yourself
- Belief in your projects
- The belief that there are people who want what you have to offer