Here’s something I re-learned from the Voiceover community recently. When we were kids, we played. We didn’t worry too much about how we played. There was no analysis or anxiety about it. We just did it. We never concerned ourselves about how to perfect our playtime or how to reproduce a particularly happy play session, exactly and identically, the next time. We just played. When we next played, we just started over and played some new adventure out. Every game we played was fresh, original and spontaneous. It was engaging and engrossing. We were enchanted and engaged. Every time.
There’s a takeaway message for artists in this. When you go into the recording studio, sit in front of the blank document you’re about to write or start a painting on a brand new canvas, why not just pretend that you are already a great artist and that doing this comes naturally to you? Pretend that what you are about to do always comes as naturally to you as playing once did, when you were a child. Pretend this is a fun game and you’re playing it and making up the rules of your own game. It’s your world and it can be any world you want it to be.
Give that a try. Visualise yourself as what you already really are anyway. Be that artist, in your head, who doesn’t think too much about how to make great art. Be the artist, in your mind, that just does it, without considering that you might not know how. Be the explorer, the adventurer, the discoverer, the champion, the futuristic space scientist that you pretended to be in your childhood games. Be fascinated. Be absorbed. Be in the moment utterly. Above all, have fun. Playing is supposed to be fun, right?
Which child ever doubts their ability to play? Then why should you doubt your ability to make art?