Fake It Till You Make It

Image by Austin Kleon 

I remember my first day as a caricature artist at St. Louis Zoo. I’ve been studying about caricatures in the back corner for couple weeks and one day with no warning, my first day as a professional caricature artist began by destroying a small kid’s self-esteem and emotionally scarring her for the rest of her life.

It’s crazy to me how much I enjoy making fun of people now, with permission, by drawing silly pictures. If you really think about it, they are both just silly pictures so why is one considered better than the other? It all comes down to being confident with what you are doing. My very first caricature, you could see the emotions and the fear behind every single line. You could even see that I was trying to make up for it by going over them again and again which made it look even worse.

It’s such an irony that because you want to create something so beautiful, you become unsure about your ability and that affects the actual outcome. The best thing you can do is “fake it till you make it.” If I wait for that moment where I feel truly ready and comfortable to invite people in to be part of my tattoo journey, I will never get there. Even with this blogging stuff, I don’t think it’s realistic that I can write every day but because I proclaimed it in my last post, it’s always in the back of my mind. It’s a strategy to connect the dots and find what works for me.

My final thought; believe in yourself and your ability, create, sell the concept and finalize the idea, and do it all over again until it comes naturally. “Fake it till you make it.”

Haram Ahn is an artist living in St. Louis, MO. Haram is currently preparing for her tattoo apprenticeship at Ragtime Tattoo.  Read more

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