” If you ask me what I came into this life to do, I will tell you: I came to live out loud.”
Emile Zola, artist
In the 1800’s, Emile Zola, a French romance novelist, lived vociferously. Proclaiming his beliefs through his work, he had his detractors, yet he was a prolific and successful author, playwright, journalist, and amateur photographer. Theatrical naturalism – the real life settings, characters and dialogue, devoid of flamboyance – was his chosen genre for his plays.
Learn about his life in more detail HERE.
Zola was a driving force in the “political liberation of France” and in defending at least one man, Alfred Dreyfus, wrongly accused of treason. Zola wrote a letter, published on the front page of Paris’ local newspaper. “J’Accuse…! (I accuse…!) Letter to the President of the Republic”.
According to Wikipedia, “Zola’s 1898 article is widely marked in France as the most prominent manifestation of the new power of the intellectuals (writers, artists, academicians) in shaping public opinion, the media and the state.”
This was Emile Zola’s method
of keeping his promise to the world to
“LIVE OUT LOUD”.
Is it counter-intuitive to believe a Creative could be comfortable living out loud? Maybe. Many artists of all types are introverts. The desire to run away from an opportunity to sell your work might be overwhelming. And an artist’s greatest struggle is sometimes quieting the internal voice saying, “you’re just not good enough”. The rewards of braving the encounter with a client/customer are great despite the sweaty armpits.
What does your discomfort look like?
Is it like:
- impossible to sit still
- butterflies fluttering in your chest
- moist palms and armpits
- pacing and mumbling affirmations
- or do you wish to run in the opposite direction, away from your fear?
You are not alone.
The most experienced artists feel uncomfortable every time they choose to share their work.
Sharing your work connects you to your people who will appreciate, imitate and share your story and your work further.
The effect of creative work ripples throughout the world bringing smiles, inspiration, comfort, lessons and more positive outlooks. Sharing your work with the world serves you and your audience.
You do this by:
- entering your original design handmade quilt in your state fair competition
- convincing a regional grocery store chain that its customers want to see your organic loganberry preserves on their shelves
- waking at five o’clock every morning to write another poem to include in a group anthology before you head off to work
- setting your toddler up with her own set of finger paints and a wall to decorate while you use one of your many ideas to paint your own kind of masterpiece to show in the local gallery
- driving two hours, early on a Saturday morning, to the mountains to capture the perfect moment as a female wolf teaches her growing pup to hunt insects and small rodents that you will later share on your YouTube channel
Didn’t your mom tell you not to hide your light under a bushel?
It’s time to heed her advice.
How do you let your light shine? What part of ‘creating’ makes you uncomfortable? Please share.