How to Pace Yourself in the Arts and How Deal with Rejection

by whatageek 6 months ago in advice

Content Creating Is A Grind

How to Pace Yourself in the Arts and How Deal with Rejection


When you work freelance for a prolonged period of time, it is easy to pick up bad habits. You can munch when you want to and you don't have to wear pants. There is a kind of upkeep that happens when you go out daily to work that you don't have when you work at home, and it is easy to let yourself go. But this is actually less productive than being healthy.

If you are eating poorly and spending a lot of time sitting, you will feel tired more easily. This will lead to less work in the long run. You can also feel isolated if you do not go out once in awhile to socialise. You need to make an effort to stay active and keep in contact with your friends. Months can go by without you talking to them.

I recommend getting into healthy routines. Work out and go for a walk daily. The sun can not only help with your mood, but also with clearing your head. I get a lot of great ideas when I am moving. Keep up with grooming, even if you don't plan on seeing people anytime soon and eat well so not to feel bogged down. I know it sounds weird as you are just working on a laptop or computer, but it can make a big difference.

Freelance is a lot of work and you need to be able to do it for the long haul so pace yourself.


If you are interested in getting into any of the arts, from writing to acting to photography, you are going to have to deal with a lot of rejection. I mean a lot. Like get used to the word, "No." No matter how talented you are, there are going to be a lot of projects you are just not a good fit for. And as easy as it is to feel down on yourself and finish a pint of ice cream in your underwear, you need to fight that urge. I know this is very hard to do, but if you want to succeed, you need to keep going.

Here are some things to remember:

  • Other people do not know what you are capable of. They are making a snap judgement on one project you did. It does not mean they know how much talent you have or the kind of work you are going to create in the future.
  • When you get a "No," you didn't technically lose something. You cannot lose what you did not have. When you don't get something, you are still in the same spot you were in before you got the "No." So either you win or you are at par. Not a bad bet to take.
  • It is not about how good your work is a lot of the time, but what people are looking for. Shakespeare would not have been hired as a writer for a reality TV show.
  • Some people miss great work when it is right in front of them. You heard the stories of how many times Harry Potter was rejected or other authors who are critically acclaimed that had to send their manuscript out dozens of times.
  • You learn from all your projects and become a better artists. Sure, this one might now be the winner, or the next one, but maybe project five will hit it out the park.
  • Lastly, learn to put it out of your head and move on to the next project. Do not sit there are wait for a rejection or acceptance, just keep pushing forward.

It is easier said than done, but know that you are not alone. Every artist has had days where they didn't succeed, but the ones that kept trying are the one you have heard of.

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