Creative Anxiety and YouTube
Have you ever experienced a little, but quite loud voice in your head telling you that what you are creating is not good enough? That you are going to fail? That no one would like it? Then you have experienced (are experiencing) creative anxiety.
As an artist and creator, creative anxiety is almost a routine for me, and what triggers it the most is the need to be perfect all the time, which leads to not finishing what I do or stop putting effort into it. And then over and over again, every time I start something new.
After researching about creative anxiety and ways to fight it, I realised most of the advices were “clear your mind”, normally by doing something else. But if you live out of your creativity and have deadlines, stopping is not always an option.
I started to wonder how creativity works and that took me to this video about constrained creativity and how it makes us (ironically) more creative. I thought “what if I use this method to tackle creative anxiety?”
After designing and trying out some exercises, I decided that it could be helpful for other creators and that’s why I decided to open a YouTube channel for anyone to join me while creating and supporting each other through creativity sessions.
How does it work?
Each session consists of an exercise based on the principle of constrained creativity. This means that we set a few parameters to make our brain focus on one possibility rather than on the infinite ones that our mind goes through when we stare at a blank page. We create “a box” and we think inside it.
During one hour, we randomly select two options: one is a noun, the other an action or scenario. These create the box and we use it to inspire us. We then create in the time limit of ten minutes, which will pressure us to boost our creativity.
Fridays at 5 PM (GMT), on my YouTube channel.
If you subscribe to the newsletter, you will get an email half an hour before the beginning of the session!
Keep me running
Did you like the sessions? Let’s get a ko-fi then! No matter the quantity, your contribution will allow me to continue the sessions and improve them.
Amazon and Twitch
Do you have Amazon Prime? Then you can connect it to your twitch account to subscribe to my channel, where I stream while I create new chibimonsters!
Totems for happiness
You can also keep me running by taking a chibimonster home! Visit the shop to see which one (or ones ;)) are waiting for you.
Why not Zoom?
These sessions are meant to help us overcome our creative anxiety triggered by our aspirations to perfection. As Zoom allows us to see each other creating, that might create unnecessary pressure to make something perfect, to not show our flaws. These sessions are your safe space to make mistakes! If no one is watching you, “judgemental peer pressure” decreases.
However, I would love to know about your experience, so please don’t hesitate to contact me through DMs on Instagram or use the hashtag #CreatingInTenMinutes.
Do I have to attend every session?
No, that’s the beauty of it! You can just jump into any session, but the more sessions you do, the easier it gets to create and to work on your creative anxiety.
Do I have to be a professional artist or creator to attend these sessions?
Not at all. These sessions can also be used to make your brain work for the fun of it or you can explore different techniques, materials, or styles to get to understand what it is that works for you.
What techniques can I use during the sessions?
You can use any that you prefer, just consider that you will be doing sketches, these sessions are not to make a final work. For example, the clay that I use doesn’t allow me to work that fast, so I will be drawing/painting most of the time, but maybe sometimes I will write.
Resources about creativity and creative anxiety
Do you want to know more about creative anxiety, creativity or where do I get the information? Bellow, there is a list of resources and links about it that I hope you find useful and interesting*.
- Vora, Aadil. Trick Your Mind into Being Creative. TEDxNSU, May 7, 2015. Link.
- Veerasamy, Visakan. 6 Steps To Eliminating Creative Anxiety For Content Marketers. Referral Candy, December 2020. Link.
- Spencer, John. Think inside the box: the power of creative constrain. January 19, 2016. Link.
- Fontaine, Zita. 3 Kinds of Creative Anxiety and How To Deal With Them in Better Marketing. August 20, 2019. Link.
- Hill, Carlyn. Don’t Get Frozen by Creative Anxiety. Creative Resources, September 29, 2016. Link.
- Seid, Carrie. Creative Anxiety: The Good, The Bad, and Netflix. Artwork Archive, 2018. Link.
- Newman, Giles. “It’s Okay to Screw Up” (Overcoming Creative Anxiety). Giles Newman, November 15, 2018. Link.
- Kosten, Lauren. 4 Tips for Coping with Creative Imposter Syndrome… It’s Totally a Thing. Shillington, August 28, 2019. Link.
- —. 8 Ways to Overcome Imposter Syndrome as an Artist. Artwork Archive, 2020. Link.
*This list was last updated on March 22, 2021.