In this video photographer James Quantz Jr talks about something that doesn’t get discussed very often but is an important topic that can hinder many brilliant artists and photographers. He calls it pre-shoot anxiety, but it comes under many other names: performance anxiety, or just good old fashioned nervousness. We all imagine that once we get to a certain level you won’t have this issue anymore, but it’s much more common than you think, and ignoring it doesn’t make it go away. If you suffer from performance anxiety then know that you aren’t alone, and even better, that there are many practical things that you can do to reduce this feeling and help you to perform at your best during your next shoot.
Mental resilience for creatives (a few tips)
We fortunately are beginning to find ourselves in a world where we’re all starting to open up a little more about mental health. It’s great! It’s the age of empathy and humility now; and I think once we begin to empathise properly with each other – we’ll be in a much better place. We’ve all got the same prehistoric brain, and it’s actually surprising how you can begin to essentially ‘re-program’ your thoughts.
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