I’ll come right out and say it – my biggest fear in the studio is a lack of originality.
Whenever I’m working on something, it always seems to be in the back of my mind. And honestly, it’s not a very good thing to be thinking about when you’re trying to record.
Worrying about anything in the studio can actually hinder your creativity and productivity more than anything. But I’ve picked up a quick tip that can actually help erase this fear (and any fear, for that matter), making you more creative, free, and productive in your studio.
A while back, I read a book titled “The Creative Habit” by Twyla Tharp. Tharp is an incredible choreographer and has had an incredible career as an artist herself. One of the most impressive things about Tharp is that she is incredibly productive. She discusses a few times in this book that it isn’t always easy to be this productive, and there are certainly road blocks from time to time.
She gives amazing advice when it comes to having creative fears. After I read this, I almost immediately lost my fear of a lack of originality. She writes,
“2. Someone has done it before? Honey, it’s all been done before. Nothing’s really original. Not Homer or Shakespeare and certainly not you. Get over yourself.” – Twyla Tharp
This is a really powerful thing to think about – nothing is truly original. This helped me kick my fear to the side, and I noticed that I felt much more free and creative in the studio.
No matter what your fear is in the studio, you have to let it go if you want to be truly productive. This goes for just about any fear you could possibly have.
Tharp talks more about common fears that artists have when creating, and offers some great insight into how one can let them go. If you’d like a great read that can help you in so many ways in the studio, I highly recommend this book.
Try forgetting your biggest fear in the studio. You’ll be amazed at how productive you become!