What, Who and Why?
What's this all about?
The Creative Struggle was born from the idea that everyone in a creative field, or pursuing a creative dream, goes through challenging times. Whether it's self-doubt, fear of failure, depression, anxiety, sexism, racism, or any other number of other influences.
The purpose of The Creative Struggle is to dive into these difficulties by talking to people who've gone through them and have come out the other side. These struggles can be things that are self-imposed, or coming from an external source. They can be things that have taken weeks to work through, or years.
Who's it for?
You! Every artist has struggled, is struggling, or will struggle. By talking with other artists in a variety of fields the hope is that these stories will provide encouragement and potentially a better understanding of how to get through these struggles, particularly for artists who are currently at a low point.
Why does it matter?
There's a lot of societal pressure, particularly in professional environments, to shy away from talking about struggles, or to put on a false face of success because we're afraid that showing weakness will make others doubt our abilities. By talking with industry professionals across all artistic disciplines we’re hoping to normalize the idea that self-doubt, depression, and anxiety (among others) are things that a majority of creatives deal with.
Brandon Rechten is the creator, producer, and host of The Creative Struggle. He works professionally as a designer in the photography & filmmaking industry. More about him can be found on his website brandonrechten.com
His creative struggle is perfection paralysis.
Outside of work, his interests include travel, photography and video games.