Being Bad At First is Okay: Experiencing it Firsthand

If you read last week’s blog, you know that I had discussed how scary it can be to start a new hobby, even if it is exciting.  Sometimes it is downright terrifying.

This week I remembered that first hand.  As a designer, painter, and even photographer, I’m usually behind the camera.  Very rarely am I in front of it.

So when I set off to vlog as a means of introducing myself, I did not expect it to be so uncomfortable.  I mean, I was getting secondhand embarrassment when I was editing the video because I couldn’t stand to look at my own stiff form trying to choke out information in front of a camera.

I ended up scrapping 45 minutes of raw video in favor of some standard iPhone vlogging.  Sometimes you just have to improvise.  Drawing or painting is the same way: it doesn’t always go as planned, but if you can learn to adapt, you can still make something beautiful.

“If at first you don’t succeed, you are running about average.” 

M.H. Alderson


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