How to be Creative Without Natural Talent

Handmade star Christmas ornament with the word "create" on it

So you think you can’t create?

Is there an artistic endeavor you dream of pursuing but don’t, because you think you lack the natural talent and whatever you create will just stink… so why try?

Do you long to paint, or photograph, or sculpt, or make jewelry, or whatever… But you’ve convinced yourself that you aren’t made of the stuff of art and creativity?

Boy do I have some good news for you! Talent is born of passion and showing up to do the work.

No one wakes up one day and picks up a paint brush and paints the most beautiful picture they will ever paint. Same goes for writing, photography, music… Or any other creative pursuit.

Everyone can improve no matter how much natural talent they do or do not have at the beginning. Talent comes from working your ass off, from building your skill set, from being willing to fail… And willing to dust off your pants and try again.

Child holding a handmade x-mas ornament overlayed with a Picasso quote

A creative journey: from mediocre to magical…

I bought my first guitar when I was 16; I’ve owned one for more than half my life. Sure, I can play a couple of songs and they’re not half bad- can’t sing though, please don’t ask me to sing along… you definitely don’t want that to happen!

I couldn’t convince myself to show up regularly, to put in the hours, to even care to put in the hours needed to master an instrument. My heart just wasn’t in it. So while I learned a few things, and I can make some noise… I’m not really very good at playing guitar and I probably never will be.

It is passion that makes this level of dedication possible…

The level of dedication necessary to show up everyday and do the work.
It is passion that provides us with the indomitable spirit required to grow in our craft.

It wasn’t until my mid-twenties, when I was introduced to photoshop and started shooting with my first digital camera, that I discovered my true passion… and for nearly a decade now, much of my time has been spent studying and shooting and dreaming and crafting my next image.

Alongside photography, I’ve also been growing as a mixed media artist. I can’t choose. I love them both. Makes for a busy, fulfilled kind of existence.

I’ve made my fair share of bad art… Don’t worry, you will too. Click here to find out why bad art is good.

For years the photos I shot were kind of boring, my editing mediocre.

I’ve got art journals full to bursting with stuff that rarely sees the light of day anymore.

But I kept at it.

I keep learning, and shooting, and painting, and growing.

I work my tail off and I have grown into what Red Lemon Club calls “that kind of person”.

Quote from Alex Mathers of Red Lemon Club

Creating without fear…

Growing in your craft is a long game. Becoming talented is about the fearless pursuit of the creative endeavor(s) that make you shine.

Throw that tired line you keep telling yourself about natural talent out the window and start making space for creativity. Before you know it, you’ll have yourself a little creative habit, you’ll be growing skills, and you’ll be having tons of fun!

What are you waiting for?!  Go make something!