If that thought has ever crossed your mind, this episode is for you. My guest is corporate-world-turned-full-time-artist Christa Forrest, and our topic is one that most of us experience at some point in our art careers and businesses: Imposter Syndrome.
Christa is a big advocate for "fake it til you make it," but that doesn't mean that she doesn't have doubts and insecurities. In this episode, you'll hear how Christa developed thick skin by showing her work at art festivals, why she is laser focused on building her email list, and how she overcomes feelings of inadequacy in her art practice.
Christa Forrest describes the process of turning women into goddesses, and leaving her corporate job. (2:20)
Building an art business while preparing to quit your full-time job. (6:05)
Christa shares the income streams that allowed her to focus solely on her art. (10:56)
The tipping point — pinpointing your focus and selling your work. (13:23)
How to develop the thick skin that is required of serious artists. (17:29)
Tips for creating an online presence that makes more money. (21:05)
Imposter syndrome — what it means and where it’s most likely to appear in an artist’s world. (24:08)
Tools that will help you find the courage to fake it til you make it. (30:05)
Is imposter syndrome keeping you from making — and meeting — your goals? (33:42)
Overcoming the moment when imposter syndrome takes over. (41:44)
The support system that helps Christa stay grounded amidst her weaknesses. (44:14)
A look at what is keeping Christa’s attention in the studio now. (45:51)
Intro and outro music by Wildermiss
“I had to figure out what I have to offer and what problem do I have to solve out there before I started my actual business.” — Christa Forrest
“It was really important to me at that time to be able to say ‘I’m an artist’.” — Christa Forrest
“If I can build my email list, I know I can build my income.” — Christa Forrest
“Failure is the only way we get better. We hardly ever learn from successes.” — Alyson Stanfield
About My Guest
Christa Forrest is an artist specializing in pastel, oil, acrylic and mixed media art. After spending 20 years in a finance career, she decided to follow her true passion and become a full-time artist. Christa spends her time sharing her passion with others, teaching others to be creative and exploring the world's landscape, recreating it onto canvas. Her work is a combination of realism, exploration, experimentation and pure fun.