Sunday, April 15, 2012

So I Heard You Got A Bad Review...

Bad reviews, negative comments and flat out rejection happens to many of us-it's a sad fact. Too many contact me that they want to give it all up because they can't take another rejection or negative comment. 

Negative feedback is hard. I agree. 

Here is another way to look at it:
You're going to create anyway no matter what... so who cares about what others think, right? Right! 

As illustrators, writers, artists and designers we have always made work even when there was no money in sight. Many in our creative fields have trudged on without support, a large budget, no audience or little to no guarantee that what we are doing will work. 

Quite simply:
We took a chance! We take chances daily. We get up. We have many ideas. Some work. Some don't. Some will love our ideas. Some will not. 

But here is the big question to ask yourself: Do you like what you create? If the answer is yes, then you have reached an equilibrium of acceptance that rejection happens. You accept the ups and downs of this industry. It's all part of the process. If the answer is no, than you may feel compelled to stop or even lash out at your critics which never does any good. You are essentially taking on their negative comments as a complete fact. 

I once heard an old online expression that went something like this: 'Do not feed the trolls!'
If you comment back, they will sling another comment back and keep commenting until you stop. If you ignore them they will starve or essentially go away. Trolls are generally in the anonymous category online. They hide, they lash out and hide again until someone calls them on their negative statements then they take it up a notch. Ignore them. They will go away. They are not worth the time and attention. There is no winning because their sole purpose is to disagree with you at all cost. 

Many times the comment has nothing to do with you or your work. Perhaps they are not your target audience. Another way to look it-you did not meet their needs with your particular work. That's fine. They will find someone who will. Or better yet, they might take on the challenge and do it themselves. 

Bad reviews happen. However, the words expressed are not fact. It's an opinion. So, if that's the case then...Create! Create daily. Keep moving forward. With any luck combined with a lot of dedicated work, many will love what you do!

Is it really a huge concern in the grand scheme of your creative world? Sometimes yes and sometimes no. I think it depends on our mood and our expectations. One thing is for sure, naysayers exist and they always will. If 20 people love your work and 2 do not then the percentage alone tells you that the negative 2 get cancelled out. Focus on the energy from what those 20 give you and move forward.

Remember this: Success, working hard, doing what you believe in pisses off all the right people. Who are those people you ask? They are the ones you can never satisfy. They are the trolls. They are the ones who look for things to complain about. They are the ones who do not believe in what you do. But that's ok because many believe in your work and so should you! 

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