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Is the artist’s imposter syndrome driving you to failure?

No matter how successful you are, you may have felt like a fraud at some point in your life.

I’m sure you’ve all heard of the imposter syndrome before. It’s that feeling of self-doubt and insecurity that can plague anyone, but is especially common among artists. If you’re struggling with this issue you’re definitely not alone. In this story, we’ll explore what imposter condition is, how it can impact your career as an artist, and what you can do to overcome it.

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You probably already know what we are talking about, but here is a brief description of what this syndrome is:

Impostor syndrome, also known as impostor phenomenon or impostorism, is a psychological occurrence in which an individual doubts their skills, talents, or accomplishments and has a persistent internalized fear of being exposed as a fraud.

Langford, Joe; Clance, Pauline Rose (Fall 1993). “The impostor phenomenon: recent research findings regarding dynamics, personality and family patterns and their implications for treatment”

The imposter syndrome is especially prevalent in the art world, because there’s so much talent out there. It’s easy to feel like you’re not good enough when you’re surrounded by people who are better than you. And it’s easy to start doubting your talent when you don’t see your work being accepted or appreciated.

Some thoughts that can help you to overcome this syndrome

If you’re an artist who is struggling with the imposter syndrome, I want you to know that you’re not alone. I’ve been there myself, and I know how debilitating it can be. But I also know that it’s possible to overcome it and to find success.

“Why are you giving me all this attention when for years I was the last person in the room?”

J.K.Rowling, A year in her life

1. Remember that everyone feels like an imposter sometimes

It’s normal to feel like an imposter sometimes, We’ve all been there.
That feeling like we’re not good enough, that everyone around us is more qualified than we are and people around us are overestimating our capabilities. It’s normal to feel like an imposter sometimes. Even the most successful people have moments where they doubt themselves. That’s normal!
What’s important is how you deal with those feelings.
If you find yourself doubting your abilities, take a step back and remind yourself of your accomplishments.
Write down a list of things you’ve achieved, no matter how small. And next time you’re feeling like an imposter, refer to that list and remind yourself that you are capable and you have what it takes. Everyone feels like an imposter sometimes, but it’s how we deal with those feelings that makes all the difference.

2. Be kind with yourself

If you continually put yourself down, it will be difficult to believe in yourself. This is the time when the imposter syndrome acts. So try to be kind to yourself and celebrate your achievements, even if they seem small. You are an artist, and what makes you great is your art, which is for all to see. So of all these people watching you, someone will be right to say that you deserve to be an artist!

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Is the artist’s imposter syndrome driving you to failure? Kindness and Support

3. Seek out supportive people

One of the best ways to combat imposter syndrome is to seek out supportive people. Find others who believe in you and who will encourage you. This could be a community of artists, a mentor, or anyone else who can offer guidance and support. When you feel the active support of people, imposter syndrome has less power over you.

4. Talking with someone who understands

A lot of people feel like imposters. In fact, some studies suggest that as many as 70% of people will experience imposter syndrome at some point in their lives.
So, if you’re feeling like an imposter, you’re not alone. And, there are people who understand what you’re going through.
Here are three people you can talk to about your imposter syndrome:

– Therapists: They can help you understand your thoughts and feelings, and offer support and guidance.

– Family members or friends: They can offer you words of encouragement and understanding.

– Mentors: They can be a great resource for you. They can share their own experience with imposter syndrome, and offer advice on how to cope.

– The artists community: do you really think you’re the only one facing this problem?


One should not be held back by the impostor syndrome. It is not easy, but you owe it to yourself.
Yes, there’s a lot of talent in the art world, but that doesn’t mean that you’re not good enough. And just because your work isn’t being accepted or appreciated right now doesn’t mean that it never will be.
So keep creating, keep putting your work out there, and don’t let the imposter syndrome stop you from doing what you love.

We hope you found this story useful for your mental health, and we suggest you to read this story to feel better too: “Benefits Of Drawing On The Brain: 8 Reasons That Will Push You To Make Art”


Written by Tamara d'Amato

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