At some point, every creative should begin to consider the vital aspects of their trade and profession. Whether you are a musician, a writer or an artist, you have effectively chosen; not only the modality of your creative expression, but you have also chosen to share its many gifts and wonders with those around you.

When you undertake this profession, you want to express your Parahamsa–your highest self–for the world to see, to hear and to behold.

The world is effectively your stage and you are standing in front of an audience that is indeed looking at you.

Your audience will range from people who find your expression pleasurable, but who know little about the intricacies of your art. There will also be others: peers and professionals who will pick up on every little detail and nuance of what you are doing. In either case, you will have to train your mind to handle varying degrees of stress that will inevitably ensue from dealing with an audience.

Some artists simply love the spotlight and interacting with others. Others have to deal with varying degrees of discomfort when they realise how demanding it can be to interact with an audience. No two audiences are every the same–even if the artwork and performance remains the same.

At some point, however, once you’ve been doing this for ‘a while’, you come to realise it is just part of the package and you learn to handle it. There will be moments when it will be easy and moments that leave you feeling that there is much to be desired.

There are only two ways with which creatives can learn to handle dealing with others. The first is to prepare yourself and the second is to trust yourself. Maintaining a perspective that does not diminish your talent, abilities and achievements is one that requires us to stand on guard. Doing so is absolutely necessary if we are to create a deeply rooted sense of the value that we can bring to various audiences.

If you ever fall prey to negativity that is emotionally charged, do not allow the normal release of tension to morph into a feeling of disappointment towards either yourself or your work. That is not to say that you should not evaluate what you did so that you can improve for next time. Rather, you should take stock of your progress and be neither excited by the upturns nor disappointed by the downturns.

No artistic expression is perfect. There will always be details that could be improved upon. It is a dynamic, fluid and ever-changing process. Each experience should be embraced as an adventure. The outcome will always remain an uncertain one.

With both persistance and practise, however, the sky will always always be the limit.

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