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Say goodbye to imposter syndrome

Written by: Charlene Gibbs



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We all have moments when we feel like imposters, inadequate in comparison to the skills and successes of our craft. If you are an audio creative — a composer, a musician, an artist, a podcaster, or an audio engineer — you have likely faced the harshness of Imposter Syndrome at some point.

Imposter Syndrome can be debilitating if not managed properly it can make us doubt our abilities and obscure our vision of success. But there are ways to counter its effects and escape its grip. Here’s how to beat back imposter syndrome as an audio creative so you can focus on honing your skills and reaching your goals.

Acknowledge your accomplishments

Acknowledged and recognized personal accomplishments despite a tendency to downplay them, leading to increased confidence in creative pursuits. Celebrating yourself is key to conquering imposter syndrome. While it can be difficult to revel in your successes, the rewards are worth it. Overcoming imposter syndrome starts with recognizing the work you’ve put into developing your craft. That might include listing out your accomplishments and reminding yourself of how far you’ve come.

There are a few things we can do to start reclaiming our self-confidence and achieve success, despite our doubts. A good place to start is by taking a step back and looking at the successes you’ve already achieved. Celebrate your wins, no matter how small they may be. It’s okay to give yourself credit for accomplishing something, it shows that you value your work as much as anyone else does!

Once you recognize your successes, focus on developing a strong sense of self-worth. Believe in yourself and trust in your ability to create beautiful things with sound. Practice positive affirmations — words or phrases which remind us of our worthiness — and use them to combat any negative thoughts that arise.

Be your own ally

A positive mindset involves looking at the world through rose-tinted glasses, focusing on personal growth, and recognizing our potential for success. Surround yourself with people who encourage your audio creativity and provide constructive criticism — these will be your biggest allies in beating back imposter syndrome.

Imposter Syndrome doesn’t have to be something we live with every day. By taking small steps to acknowledge our accomplishments, seeking help when needed, and creating a positive outlook, we can defeat self-doubt and take control of our creative journey.

Be comfortable asking for help

Finally, don’t be afraid to seek help and support from your fellow audio creatives. Knowing you’re not alone in this journey can make all the difference when it comes to overcoming imposter syndrome. Seek out mentors or a peer group who understand what you’re going through and can provide valuable advice and guidance as you work towards achieving success.

You don’t need to have all the answers when it comes to audio engineering, music production, composing, or any other aspect of being an audio creative — seek help when needed. When a project is overwhelming or when uncertainty arises, reach out for feedback from trusted and experienced peers. It can be intimidating to ask for help but remember that everyone has questions.

It can be difficult to shake the feeling of self-doubt that comes with imposter syndrome. It can make us question our capabilities and fear taking steps toward success. The thing is, imposter syndrome doesn’t mean there’s something wrong with us — it simply means we’re human.

With these tips in mind, take the first step today in saying goodbye to Imposter Syndrome and deciphering your true creative potential. By recognizing your accomplishments, believing in yourself, and having a positive mindset, you can start to feel more confident in being a creator. Reach out for help when needed, celebrate successes and remember: you are capable of greatness! 

It isn’t easy to overcome imposter syndrome but with patience, practice, and self-love we can start to recognize our value and worth — so goodbye Imposter Syndrome! You won't be missed.