How do you navigate creative burnout? That is something that illustrator/author Rebecca Green has been working through.
Here is a snapshot of her work:
But a couple months ago, she shared this with her 225,000 Instagram followers:
“I have to be honest, my well is empty. Bone dry. It’s been a rough last six months and recently, strange as it sounds, when I show up to my drawing table, I have an immense urge to weep, sing, or run. Anything but make art.”
“This is of course, extremely difficult when you make art for a living, so I suppress those feelings and keep pushing and showing up and am happy to do so.”
“I am though, experiencing a major burn out that’s unlike anything I’ve ever gone through. Work has always ebbed and flowed with periods of intense creativity and moments of resentment, but this time feels a little too deep. I find myself unmotivated, lost, and not sure who I am, what I make or why any of it matters.”
When someone looks at Becca’s body of work and accomplishments from the outside, it is tempting to feel that her success makes her fortunate and that it makes creating easier.
The line from above that rings in my head the most is this one:
“I find myself unmotivated, lost, and not sure who I am, what I make or why any of it matters.”
When I read this, I emailed her and asked if she would be open to coming on my podcast and talking about the topic of creative burnout, and dig into her journey as an artist.
To my great delight — she said yes!
You can listen to the podcast by clicking ‘play’ below, or in the following places:
What Becca shares in this interview is relevant to someone working in any creative field.
You can find Becca in the following places:
- Her new book: How to Make Friends with a Ghost