In a perfect world. we’d all know our value. This is not a perfect world. Raise your hand if you’ve ever felt like an imposter. Me too. Especially as a copywriter. People either think I’m way smarter than I actually feel, or they simply have no idea what I do and how I do it. Either way tends to leave me at a loss for words sometimes (no pun intended).
Last week, it occurred to me: I can’t possibly be the only one who feels this way.
This is a confession. My own personal confession as a copywriter. Because (and here’s my first confession), I often feel inadequate when I feel like someone assumes I’m smarter than I feel like I actually am. Like all copywriters should be these awesome, wonderful, intelligent, creative, magical creatures who know the English language inside and out, and if I don’t live up to one of these misconceptions, I’m failing my own vocation. Like I’m not a ‘real’ copywriter if I don’t fit the pre-defined mold.
So, my putting these out there hopefully lets you know that you’re not alone if you ever feel the same way.
I’ll be the first to admit that I’m sometimes insecure as a writer. But lately, I’ve had some eye-opening conversations with my fellow creatives.
Guess what I kept hearing…
Everyone else seems so calm, cool and collected. I’m always so nervous.
How do people come up with this stuff? They’re so creative.
I thought I was the only one who said dumb things.
Everyone else is so interesting. I’m so boring.
These are all educated, experienced professionals. Top-notch professionals whom I greatly admire. So it was a bit of a shocker to hear them express these insecurities.
One even said she admires how well I take care of myself. A surprising statement made more surprising by the fact that I was eating a bacon breakfast muffin at the time.
It’s one thing to read about the struggles of professional creatives online. There’s a separation that somehow makes them seem almost “more than” normal people like us. Even when occasional flying sandbag hits them, still they stand on a bit of a pedestal.
But hearing these insecurities from people I work with and admire makes me realize something — there are some serious myths about creatives going around.
And it’s time to bust a few of ‘em wide open. Continue reading