The idea of being seen as an amateur is scary. Learn how to shift your mindset and embrace the advantage of being an amateur.
“Every artist was first an amateur.” ― Ralph Waldo Emerson
As amateurs, we engage with our medium for fun, pleasure, or passion on an unpaid basis. We enjoy the creative process because it challenges us, interests us, and allows us to express ourselves.
So why is being seen as an amateur so frightening?
It’s how our society measures value.
If you’re not making money from your creative work, it’s assumed your creative work isn’t valuable.
It’s the reason why the word “amateur” is also defined as someone who lacks the experience or competence to be a professional.
This is why we fear being seen as an amateur.
Let’s shift the mindset.
Take a step back and realize that you ARE an amateur and that’s okay. You’re not a professional yet, so don’t be so hard on yourself. You engage with your creative medium out of love.
Be an amateur.
Instead of spending time dwelling on being seen as an amateur compared to professionals, spend time doing what you do because you love it.