What do you do when your primary creative endeavor does not support you enough emotionally or financially?

What if you aren’t getting the acting jobs you want, or the writing assignments, or not enough people buy your paintings?

Psychologist and creativity coach, Eric Maisel, PhD warns in his book Mastering Creative Anxiety that this can have emotional consequences: “We get anxious because we fear failing, because we fear disappointing ourselves, because the work can be extremely hard, because the marketplace may criticize us and reject us.”

See my related article Managing Creative Anxiety: Change Your Thinking.

What brought this topic to mind was an article by Lisa A. Riley, MA, LMFT, a Creativity Coach and licensed Marriage & Family Therapist, who notes that we invest a lot of money, time and energy into training for a chosen creative profession, “hoping to actually be able to make a living doing the very thing we felt passionate about when we first embarked on that path.”

But, she adds, “In the state of our economy, creative professionals are having more and more difficulty finding jobs that match their qualifications.”

One of the advantages to being a creative person, she points out, is that you can “apply your creative skills to other applications. Don’t be afraid to diversify your gifts and talents towards other forms of creative work. Stay open to the idea of branching out even if it’s in an area outside of your trade.”

From her article Diversify Your Gifts in a Struggling Job Market.

One example of how she diversifies her own counseling expertise is by offering several Self-Help Audios For The Artist on her site.

See more articles by Lisa A. Riley.

Especially in this economic climate, there are more and more reasons to diversify and re-think how we can earn a living as a creative person. Many years ago, I earned money writing articles for a film production magazine, but I am not paid for researching and writing this column or my many blog posts on my various sites. Though I do get occasional commissions for linking to products for which I am an affiliate.

But I am about to publish a new book to help advance my credibility and, hopefully, positive identity as an expert, and one of the people who has encouraged me to think that way and publish – though I don’t know him personally – is Brendon Burchard and his Experts Academy program.

See a free 44-minute training video by him on how to get paid more for your advice, expertise and knowledge.

Another source for exploring ways to take your creative talents to the marketplace is the Changing Course site by Dr. Valerie Young.

Another resource is Art Biz Coach by art business consultant Alyson B. Stanfield.

Also learn more about Eric Maisel’s course: Your Best Life in the Arts, starting Oct 3, 2011 – “You’ll learn to identify the challenges that confront you as an artist—and what to do about them…silence negative self-talk, create and cultivate productive obsessions, institute a regular creativity practice, more effectively meet the marketplace, strengthen your identity as an artist, and more.”

Also see my site The Inner Entrepreneur

and Facebook page The Inner Entrepreneur

[Image: Painter – by Ricky David.]

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