Protect your Creative Confidence

by Matt Koval

This TED video struck a chord with me on a couple levels. One being that any creative person has experienced that moment, early in the process of a project, when someone stops by and says something like, “Eh… I don’t get it.” It’s awful to hear. Which is why, in my opinion you never show your work until it’s at least in some form of completion.

Bystanders don’t share your vision. They can’t see the whole from the pieces. So don’t risk the derailment of your creative confidence by letting your husband, girlfriend, brother, or mailman “check out your new project.”

That small piece of affirmation you’re searching for isn’t worth jeopardizing the whole venture. And I suggest this from experience, as I’ve trashed entire short films or videos after hearing a simple “I don’t get it.” So protect your creative confidence! Keep visitors out until you’re ready.

{ 5 comments } July 8, 2014 at 2:45 am

Protect Your Creative Confidence / David Kelley TED Video

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Diego September 17, 2012 at 5:33 pm

Bro Matt, what happened to The Fuplers? great advice though.

Jennifer July 8, 2012 at 8:37 pm

This is something that I wish I knew years ago. I would show someone something that was incomplete and they wouldn’t get it. I would then show them the complete version, they would say “oh, why didn’t you do that in the first place.” Now I wait til whatever i’m working on is complete before I show it to anyone. Some people take it as being rude that I won’t show them before I am done. I’m not trying to be rude, I just rather you tell me your opinion of it when it’s complete then when it is still a work in progress.

Sharon Trimble May 18, 2012 at 6:38 am

That is sound advice.

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