Overcoming Impostor Syndrome as a Photographer

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There is an unsettling, nagging worry that accompanies impostor syndrome, that somehow, someday, someone is going to find out that you’re a great big phony.

Impostor syndrome is the pervasive feeling that you’re faking your way through success, and that your achievements are attributable only to good luck. There is an unsettling, nagging worry that accompanies impostor syndrome, that somehow, someday, someone is going to find out that you’re a great big phony. That you’re really not as really good as you’ve cleverly convinced people that you are. That you’re a fraud.

In today’s post, I’ve decided to focus on impostor syndrome in the photography community, but everything herein can be easily extrapolated onto any professional field or any creative pursuit. I’ve collected some thoughts from a few of the I Heart FacesCreative Team; Amandalynn Jones and Julie Rivera, as well as Texas photographer Karyn Kelbaugh

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The common anxious student

When I was about to finish school, I thought everything would change. I thought i’d sail through university and strive for success and make something of myself. Now i’ve finished my third year, looking back I think “what have I done with my time?” I mean sure, I’ve had fun, partied, worked hard, and done most things a student should do, but I expected so much more. I’ve been afraid to join clubs and societies because I’m always conscious of people judging me and thinking things like “What does she think she’s doing? What a loser” and laughing about me. I wanted to cook, go to the gym, be good at something. But i’ve always felt ashamed for some reason. I compare myself to others, I see what they’re doing with their lives and think “why can’t I be like them?” When I should be thinking “why should I want to be like them? I’m me, and that’s fucking great. My low self esteem has taken over me, and I don’t know how to cure it. I feel like I live to make people happy, and spend less time making myself happy. Maybe that’s my problem, maybe I just care too much.

If anyone else has gone through times like these then please leave a comment. We just need to remember that when times are hard, they will get better.

Keng

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So yeah, I thought i’d make a blog

A lot of people out there choose to make blogs for loads of reasons, some to make money, some to advertise their talents, and some to brag about celebrities I thought i’d make one because sometimes I just need to get things off my chest when I don’t feel like talking to anyone about it. I’m not an expert at writing, and I never have been. I just want to have somewhere to express my thoughts, put up some photos I’ve taken, and maybe meet people like me. I’m not gonna advertise this on my Facebook for everyone to snoop at, because quite frankly – Facebook is full of self absorbed individuals who always complain and never have anything interesting to say. I hope that this will bring something different. Hello world! Here’s to the wonderful world of blogging

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