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Imposter Syndrome and the Creative Space

Updated: May 22

How Imposter Syndrome can affect you as a performer, creative artist and/or professional in the entertainment industry.

Imposter syndrome is a psychological pattern in which individuals doubt their skills, talents, and accomplishments, despite evidence that they are competent and successful. It often involves feeling like a fraud or imposter, and that one's achievements are due to luck or some external factor rather than their own abilities. Imposter syndrome can lead to feelings of anxiety, self-doubt, and even depression.

Imposter syndrome can have a significant impact on creativity by causing individuals to hold back their ideas or not share them at all. When people with imposter syndrome doubt their abilities, they may feel like their creative work is not good enough, leading to self-censorship and a lack of confidence in their own ideas. They may also avoid taking risks or trying new things, fearing failure or rejection. Moreover, individuals with imposter syndrome may compare themselves to others and believe that they do not measure up, leading to feelings of inadequacy and diminished creativity. These negative thoughts and feelings can create a cycle of self-doubt that stifles creativity and prevents individuals from reaching their full potential.

Seeking support

It's important to recognize and address imposter syndrome by seeking support from a mental health professional, practicing self-compassion, and acknowledging personal achievements. By doing so, individuals can overcome their doubts and fears, and develop greater confidence in their creative abilities.

About the Author:

Janelle Owens, LCSW is a psychotherapist who provides individual therapy to performers (dancers, actors, musicians, screenwriters, directors), creative artists, and corporate employees in the TV/Film industry.

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