The people we meet, companies we work for and institutions we come into contact with; they all play their part in rejecting us and judging us.
But most of it is done on an inner level by ourselves.
It happens when you write a genius script for a month until you wake up one morning convinced it sucks. Or when you're driving to an audition for a role you were born to play when you suddenly realise you're a pathetic actor.
Ever notice how much authority you give your inner critic? It's an all knowing God!
Except that it's not. The critic is your biggest fears multiplied by 500. Makes you think of the time you messed up on stage when you were 7, or when your school teacher said your writing was 'too basic'.
That was then and this is now. The crap you got from the world became internalised and now you're your own worst enemy.
The thing to realise about the inner critic is that it's not fact. Your inner critic isn't Spielberg or Meryl Streep, it's just a vulnerable part of you desperate not to be stranded, naked, and pointed at.
Hear what your critic says, but realise it's just one viewpoint. It's not a fact.
Your critic will say: "you suck! You have no talent, you're ugly, and you've lost something over the years".
You wouldn't let me say that to you. If your friends or family said it you'd be deeply offended -- so why say it to yourself? Why believe it? How can you be creative when you put yourself down so much?
You can't. There needs to be love. You've achieved lots. You've decided to be an artist in a world that only cares about city bankers and reality show contestants. You're brave. You have talent and you know it, so don't ever let your inner critic sabotage you. You're too good, too talented.
Perfection is impossible. Your critic only wants you to write when you have a masterpiece. That's impossible. You can't ever make a masterpiece on purpose.
A masterpiece is when a project, by hard work and luck, has less mistakes than all the others.
But you have to be willing to make mistakes.
You're not perfect. Artists aren't meant to be. We just step out the front door and create, do some hard work and have fun.
Stop stopping yourself. Your critic is not an expert. It's just scared. Tell your critic to take a break, or to give you constructive thoughts rather then condemnation.