As a follow up to our episode about dealing with negative feedback, today's episode is about imposter syndrome.
If you haven't heard the term before, it doesn't mean you have to disguise yourself with a pair of googly eyes and fake moustache. Instead, it's that feeling you get that you get when you feel you shouldn't be in the position your in. That you aren't knowledgeable enough even though you have all the expertise and experience that you need to be where you are.
How to spot if you have imposter syndrome
- Feeling inferior amongst others in your field
- A fear of being ‘found out’... or people realising that you’re not really as knowledgeable on the subject as they’d thought
- Lack of self-confidence and self-belief
- Feelings of self-doubt
Our experiences of imposter syndrome
We share our experiences of imposter syndrome. Sandra talks about having Imposter Syndrome when her art was featured on the front cover of a magazine. Tara's art hasn't yet achieved such notoriety but she did once win a hamster cage age, (plus a teddy bear and R2D2 model kit that she forgot to mention in the show ;-) ). PS. she was only about 7. Tara has also experienced imposter syndrome on many occasions including the time she worked at a design agency and the most amazing designer worked there too - yikes.
How to overcome imposter syndrome
Hold on to your hats, we got some ideas for you here, hint - that was one of them, but you can hear more in the show.
We give a quick mention to the three challenges we've got happening in June
Replicate a sketch, drawing or painting by a master or from an art book, every day throughout the month. One of the best ways to learn how to draw well is to copy from other artists who are masters of their craft. By replicating their style you will learn a lot.
Cartoon in June
This is a challenge to create a cartoon every single day throughout the month of June. Your cartoon could be a single character, or an entire comic strip! You can use any medium.
For ‘Quick Kick June’ - Create a COLOUR sketch in 10 minutes or less. This challenge is particularly suitable for those who have a tendency to overwork their sketches or those who have limited time.
This week's podcast question
Q. What is your favourite famous painting and why?
The best answers will be read out on the next podcast.