You must be your biggest advocate.
This is a tough one, but so very necessary. Stand behind your work.
I guess there is a bit of bravado about it, some protectiveness for your “baby”, but what it really boils down to is passion. Either you love what you created, or you don’t. If you do, then shout it to the world. If you aren’t proud, then you are either in the wrong business, or it is time to go back to the drawing board.
Creativity is a tough gig, because it is so very subjective. What you think is fantastic, another might see as mediocre. But if you are going to sell your work, you have to be inspiring, you have to inspire others to get onboard about it. You have to be your own biggest advocate. Your passion will shine through.
The only danger is tipping into arrogance, where you fail to listen to feedback that could help you to improve your craft. So don’t forget to be open, and listen to what people have to say.
Unsolicited advice seems to fall under 2 categories.
- The critique
- The criticism
Okay, I know that these two words seem almost exactly the same, but they do own different connotations.
The critique, offers constructive ideas and opinions. People will be speaking from a place of caring and helpfulness. They want you to improve, even if it seems like harsh advice at the time.
The criticism has an altogether different agenda. It comes from people who are looking for a way to tear you down, tear apart your work, and make you feel like you should give up. It is mean, for the sake of being mean – like a bully.
Learn to distinguish between the two, because nothing creative happens in a vacuum, and feedback is the most important tool in your creativity arsenal.