I had a try out on drawing a comic recently and it was tough. It's a really good small publisher and I'm not as good as any of the artists I've seen work on their titles but I wanted the job so I applied.
When I began drawing the page, I was pumped and it felt great. As I was challenged more and kept drawing, I started to realize this was a horrible idea. All my positive 'you can do it' inner talk was slowly replaced by, 'you can't do this, what you're drawing sucks, you'll never get the job so why bother'. I came close to quitting and then I remembered the first thing I learned from Barbara Corcoran. I kept saying to myself, I have a right to be here. I have a right to get this job, I have a right to be a better artist, I have a right to be here. I kept drawing and painting and I got the job.
Sometimes when people ask me how I made it as an artist, I jokingly say I quit taking shit from people who said I couldn't do it. What they don't realize is the crap I stopped listening to was the garbage I kept telling myself. I quit putting up with shit from me and you shouldn't put up with shit from you either.
If you ever need a pep talk, here's the link to that Barbara Corcoran video, it's the one on courage: www.inc.com/barbara-corcoran/e…