As performers, we’re often buoyed up with encouragement to believe in ourselves: be confident, audacious, fearless. This is essential, as the ability to put ourselves out there depends upon that chutzpah. But few artists, regardless of medium, training or talent, are without some semblance of doubt in their lives, and we are rarely taught what to do with that inner questioning.
Art critic Robert Hughes saw room for doubt in the artistic process, and reminds us that we can embrace questioning: it shows us how to practice, what to improve and how to be better. That inner drive toward excellence may indeed be what makes your work worthwhile, as it’s true that great artists aren’t born into existence: they’re made. And often, they make themselves.
“The greater the artist, the greater the doubt. Perfect confidence is granted to the less talented as a consolation prize.”
— Robert Hughes