How To Not Face Your Fear, But Follow It!

So last weekend I actually did something that scared the crap out of me…

One of my awesome roller derby friends saw me taking photos of a game. She was getting married and asked me if I could help with the wedding. Naturally I assumed that I would be photographing the event and said “Sure! Of course!” Then she finally told me that she wanted me to FILM her wedding. I said yes, then went home a realized what I had done. I don’t know the first thing about videography!

My sister is a videographer/film maker and has worked with huge companies and clients. So I decided to give the gig to her…but it turned out that she was giving work a break due to her recent life changing event (she had just given birth to her second child). I knew that this was an important event/opportunity to take so instead of freaking out and turning down the gig – I researched and read about what were the necessary steps to take. My sister being the amazing savior she is gave me some tips about filming events. I didn’t have a lot of time to practice but I just took the knowledge that I was given to me and rolled with it.

My husband was such a trooper and came with me as a second shooter. It was just like photographing a wedding except I had to jump around and think of creative and new ways of filming. The entire time I just kept thinking to myself “I hope this comes out great. I hope this comes out great…” And it turned out that she absolutely LOVED the footage!

What’s funny is that when we try new creative outlets that we aren’t familiar with, we automatically expect that we are going to fail. Which in some cases may be correct but as the old saying goes “Don’t knock it until you try it.” And because I took that risk and tried something new it inspired my outlook on photography and come up with new ideas.

So my challenge for you is to do something entirely new for a whole day. It could be painting, writing, drawing, collecting, photoshopping, wed designing…anything that you think you might fail at and didn’t bother to try. I want you to instead of facing your fear – you follow it. Because it might lead you to something greater! I know it may seem super nerve wrecking to try things that are out of our comfort zone but it is crucial to get out of your comfort zone because the moment you are comfortable with things around you, that it when growth stops.

Go out there and do something different! And when you are done, leave a comment below on what you did and how did it change your mindset when it comes to your creativity.

With love,

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