You know when people say, “the worst they can say is no” and they mean it to be encouraging and motivating? Like, “go get it! The worst they can say is no!” I think sometimes as artists we don’t ask for things for that very reason. Hearing “no” can often mean that an idea or project is over. That idea that you have spent so much time thinking about, so much energy invested in, could potentially never see the light of day. The thought of hearing “no” is terrifying. It’s like someone saying, “they worst they can say is their going to punch you in the face.” Ok that might be a bit extreme, but seriously, that is what it feels like. Failure, feels like someone punched you in the face.
HOWEVER, as annoying as it is sometimes to be motivated by someone when you are feeling down, I will say this. As hard as it is to let go of an idea, or hear that the answer is, and always will be “no”, remember this. If you are a creative person, another fabulous idea is always waiting for you just around the corner. Your first, second, or third idea might not face reality, but another one will. Keep trying. Keep pushing. Keep asking. If you hear “no”, think of your next great idea and see if that one will work. Eventually one will.
“You miss one hundred percent of the shots you don’t take.” – Wayne Gretzky