Friday, October 28, 2016

ipaccblog #9: Lions and Tigers and Risks, Oh My!

During Halloween season, scary things seem to lurk around every corner. Jack-o-lanterns, monsters, scarecrows…From a distance, these things seem very frightening. But up close, the jack-o-lantern reveals itself to be no more than a carved pumpkin, the monster no more than a tree branch shadow, and the scarecrow no more than a sack of straw. For artists, risk-taking can be one of the most frightening tasks of all. But after taking a closer look, you’ll find that it, too, reveals itself as a non-threat.

Budding artists may feel an initial sense of hesitation when it comes to taking risks. From a distance, it seems as though no positive outcomes can from it. What if I fail? What if I embarrass myself? What if people laugh at me? Negative thoughts like these can haunt artists and keep them restricted in their comfort zone.


Up close, however, we realize that risk-taking can be a tool used to yield growth and maturity as an artist. It causes the artist to test boundaries and to question the status-quo. The world’s greatest works of art were crafted by those who were bold enough to try new things. It is only when you have the courage to face your challenge head-on, that you can overcome fear and achieve great heights.

In this Halloween season, as in all others, let’s remember that there are certain aspects of being an artist that we should never be afraid of. So go ahead, take risks! And always operate in your boldness. #BeTheInSpiration #MakeAnImpact #InSpira

                                                                                                                                         Pauline Braxton
                                                                                                            Community Outreach Coordinator