Music artists and Impostor Syndrome

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10 tips on How To Deal With Impostor Syndrome: A Guide for Music artists

Introduction

Most musicians will experience Impostor Syndrome at some point in their careers. This occurs when you feel like you’re a fraud and that you don’t deserve your success-despite evidence to the contrary.

While it’s normal to feel this way, it’s important to take steps to address these feelings and continue moving forward.

With many external factors contributing to Impostor Syndrome, it can be challenging to overcome. But, there is good news, there are a few things that you can do to help keep yourself from feeling like an impostor. In order to help you do this, we’ve put together a guide on how to deal with Impostor Syndrome.

What Imposter Syndrome is?

From Classical musicians who have been trained for many years and usually considered the best of the best to those who are just starting to scratch the surface of their musical ability, anyone can feel like they’re an impostor.

Imposter Syndrome is defined as “a psychological phenomenon in which people are unable to internalize their accomplishments and instead believe that they have fooled others into thinking they are more intelligent or competent than they are.” Imposter phenomenon occurs across many different fields and industries, but is especially prevalent in the music industry.

In other words, individuals who suffer from Impostor Syndrome feel like they’re not good enough and that they’re just faking it until they make it.

This can be a crippling feeling that holds you back from reaching your full potential. The music industry is a particularly difficult field to navigate, and it’s easy to feel like you don’t belong.

Suzanne Imes, a psychologist who first coined the term “Impostor Syndrome” in 1978, said that this feeling is “characterized by chronic self-doubt and a sense of intellectual fraudulence.”

What Causes Impostor Syndrome?

There is no one answer to this question, as Impostor Syndrome can be caused by a variety of things.

It is commonly believed that impostor syndrome is likely the consequence of a variety of causes, including personality traits (such as perfectionism) and family history.

Growing up in a family that only accepts and values “success” and achievement can lead to a person feeling like they constantly have to prove themselves. This can lead to feelings of inadequacy and feelings of self-doubt, even when they have accomplished something great.

In addition, people who have what is known as a “fixed mindset” are also more likely to experience Impostor Syndrome. A person with a fixed mindset believes that their intelligence and abilities are static, and cannot be changed.

This leads to a person feeling like they have to be perfect all the time, as they believe that any mistake will reflect badly on them and prove that they are not as smart as they thought.

People who develop a victim mentality are also more likely to experience impostor syndrome. This is when a person believes that they are powerless and that they cannot control what happens to them.

This victim mentality can be caused by a variety of things, such as abuse or trauma.

High achievers are also more likely to feel like they don’t deserve their success, as high standards for success can lead to a fear of failure.

It’s important to remember that Impostor Syndrome is not caused by one thing, and there is no “right” or “wrong” way to feel.

In some cases, impostor syndrome may be triggered by an event or experience. This could be anything from getting a new job to being complimented by a stranger.

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Symptoms of Impostor Syndrome

There are a variety of symptoms that are associated with Impostor Syndrome. These can range from feeling like you’re not good enough, to questioning your accomplishments, to feeling like a fraud.

Below are some of the most common symptoms and imposter feelings:

-Not feeling good enough or competent in your skills

Like many music artists you experience that little voice inside your head telling you that you’re not good or talented enough. This can be especially damaging when it comes to self-confidence.

-Having imposter thoughts about others

Comparing yourself to other musicians can make you feel like a fraud. You may start to doubt your accomplishments and skills when you see others who seem to be better than you.

-The fear of being found out

This is the feeling that someone is going to find out that you’re a fraud and that you don’t really know what you’re doing. This can be a paralyzing fear that keeps you from moving forward.

-Perfectionism

Many music artsist are perfectionists, which can lead to Impostor Syndrome. You may feel like you need to be perfect in order to be successful, and this can lead to a lot of pressure and stress.

-Not feeling like you belong

This is common in the music industry, as it can be hard to break into. You may feel like you’re not good enough or that you don’t belong in the industry because you don’t have the right skills or experience.

-Fear of failure

This is a common cause of Impostor Syndrome, as you may feel like you need to be perfect in order to be successful. No one is perfect but we strive for it anyways. This can be a crippling fear that keeps you from moving forward and trying new things.

Type of imposters

Most people will experience Impostor Syndrome at some point in their lives. This occurs when you feel like you’re a fraud and that you don’t deserve your success-despite evidence to the contrary.

While it’s normal to feel this way, it’s important to take steps to address these feelings and realise that we are all capable people

There are different types of imposter types, below is a brief description of them:

The Perfectionist

The perfectionist is someone who has impostor syndrome and is also a perfectionist. This combination can be deadly, as you may feel like you need to be perfect in order to be successful.

This can lead to a lot of pressure and stress, and can ultimately hold you back from achieving your goals. Starting a new role at work or releasing new music can be scary for a perfectionist, as you may feel like you’re not good enough.

Typical signs your a perfectionist:

-You have a hard time accepting compliments

-You’re a control freak

-Nothing is good enough or finished

-You’re an All or Nothing Person

Mr/Mrs solo (The soloist)

The “Mr or Mrs. solo” is someone who feel if you don’t do it on your own then you are a fraud. They feel that they need to do everything themselves in order to be successful. This can lead to burnout, as you’re trying to do everything on your own.

Typical signs you’re a “Mr or Mrs. solo”:

-You have a hard time delegating tasks

-You’re a control freak

-You don’t like to accept help

-You have to do it yourself or you’re fake (I felt I had to play every instrument to be a real producer)

The natural genius

When I was a child I tried to do everything and I was good at most things I tried. This wasn’t just my belief but those around me. Whether it was sport, music or general intelligence I was always one of the top achievers.

Typically this kind of imposter will set high expectations for themselves, often to the point where they feel they can never achieve. This can mean that the natural genius will have a strong fear of failure when it comes to taking risks and new tasks.

Typical Signs you’re a natural genius:

-You’re a high achiever

-You have high expectations for yourself

-You always try to get things right the first time

-You have a fear of failure – In music this can led to analyst paralysis when it comes to posting any of your work online.

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The Superhuman

The superwoman or man is a person who struggles with imposter syndrome and work addiction. This individual may feel inadequate when compared to others in their field, but continues pushing themselves as hard they can regardless of the consequences on mental health; physically causing such stress that it causes emotional distress too!

Typical sign you’re a superhuman:

-You’re a workaholic

-You’re always pushing yourself to the limit

-You have a hard time saying no

-You’re a people pleaser

The Expert

Fearing exposure as inexperienced or unknowledgeable, experts measure their competence based on what they know. But even though you may be an expert at something-like knowing all about grammar rules and how to use a hashtag correctly on social media platforms–there’s always more for us professionals can do!

The fear of being judged prevents many people from following their passion because they feel like there isn’t enough time in one day (or week)to learn everything necessary…but shouldn’t life be about continuous learning anyhow?

Typical sign you’re an expert:

-You’re knowledgeable in your field – As a music artist you could have been doing it for years and do most things on autopilot dues to your knowledge and experience but yet you still feel like a fraud.

-You’re always learning

-You have a fear of being judged

-You feel like you can never know enough

What is the Imposter Syndrome Cycle?

The imposter syndrome cycle is a self-perpetuating cycle of thoughts and behaviours that reinforce the feeling of being an imposter.

The Imposter Syndrome Cycle goes like this:

1. You have a new task to complete:

Learning to sing a new unfamiliar song

2. You feel anxious and start to worry:

You worry about not being unable to sing the song and believe you cant do it

3. You procrastinate or over prepare:

You practice and put all your hard work into the song, so much so that you are now starting to strain your voice, making more mistakes and starting to dislike the song

4. Although you feel relief on completion you ignore most positive feedback:

Although your song has been getting great reviews you look for reasons for the feedback to not be accurate

5. You start to believe your success was luck or not that great

“Maybe people have not heard the mistakes they you hear yet”

6. You feel like a fraud and feel anxiety again

Any moment now people will realise that I have limited talent and turn on me.

Impostor Syndrome cycle
Imposter syndrome cycle

My Story

I’ve been a generalist talent guy since I was a kid, and I’m still able to quickly comprehend and accomplish most things that my mind turns to. This has instilled in me a great deal of self-assurance, not just in terms of my abilities but also in terms of myself. I’ve never had any doubts about whether or

However, because of this, I’ve always set high standards for myself and developed impostor feelings when I’ve met them. Many individuals around me felt that I would be the finest at something. And that external pressure was intense.

After just two lessons at school, I taught myself how to play piano, but I still consider myself the worst musician and give myself little credit. In fact, a close friend of mine came over to my studio and requested that I write and play some chords for this song because he was unable to do so himself.

I said, “Sure thing.” I had not only completed the chords but also begun production and printed a verse and chorus in Logic Pro after 15 minutes.

My friend turned to me and said, “I wish I was as good as you. It would have taken me the whole day to discover some chords.”

At first I dismissed the compliment as, that’s what I do, ignore compliments. But also because in my head, I thought the task was very easy and anything that easy cant take much skill so what I did was not good.

To be honest, it was simple since I had experience and abilities, so I should be proud of myself. If I hadn’t spent my life striving for such high levels of success, I would have accepted the compliment and felt good about what I accomplished!

Throughout my music career I have spent hours in the practice room, produced many songs, helped many friends, performed live, posted hundreds on beats and songs yet I on most days I still feel like an imposter and fraud.

This has led to performance anxiety and not being able to enjoy the moment. It has also led me to procrastination as I have over prepared and not been able to create new content as I have been so focused on making everything perfect.

One reason I know this is an imposter syndrome feeling is that despite my achievements, or maybe because of them, I constantly seek out negative feedback.

This was all the old me…………

10 tips on dealing with music artist imposter syndrome

  1. First step is acknowledging that you feel like an impostor. This is key because it allows you to start dealing with the feeling instead of pushing it away. It is the only way to break the cycle. Acknowledge Your Feelings.
  2. Educate yourself on impostor syndrome: This article is a start
  3. Learn more about what it is and why you might be experiencing these feelings. This understanding can be helpful in easing your anxiety.
  4. Goal Setting : Create attainable goals and work towards them. Celebrate your accomplishments along the way! This will help you to feel more confident in yourself. Remember it can take a long time to achieve your goals
  5. Accepting your success: Acknowledge your accomplishments, even if you don’t feel like you deserve them. Remember, your achievements are a result of your own hard work and talent!
  6. Talk to someone: Talking to someone about how you’re feeling can be incredibly helpful. Find a trusted friend or family member to confide in.
  7. Stop comparing yourself to others: Comparing yourself to others is a never-ending cycle that will only make you feel worse. Remember, human beings are not perfect and everyone has their own journey.
  8. Be kind to yourself: Be your own best friend and cheerleader! Talk to yourself the way you would talk to a friend. be gentle and understanding. Have the some good intention for yourself
  9. Create your own imposter syndrome manifest: This can be a helpful tool in combating the negative thoughts that come with impostor syndrome. Write down all of your accomplishments, talents, and skills. This will help you to remember that you are not a fraud!
  10. Remember: Impostor Syndrome is normal! Many highly successful people have experienced these feelings at some point in their careers. Don’t let impostor syndrome hold you back from achieving your dreams. You are capable and worthy of success!

Conclusion

I hope that I have given you practical ways to help you deal with impostor syndrome. It is a normal feeling that many established artists and new artists experience at some point in their careers. Even us experienced music producers get it!

The most important thing is to not let impostor syndrome hold you back from your dreams. You are talented and capable of success! Do not give up on your dreams because of these negative feelings.

Remember, you are not alone! If you’re ever feeling down, it is a good idea to refer Good luck in your career path!

FAQs

Q: What is impostor syndrome?

A: Impostor syndrome is a feeling of self-doubt and insecurity that can occur despite evidence to the contrary. It is normal to feel this way at some point in your career, but it is important to take steps to address these feelings and continue moving forward.

Q: How can I deal with impostor syndrome as a music artist?

A: First, educate yourself on impostor syndrome and understand why you might be experiencing these feelings. Second, set attainable goals and work towards them. Celebrate your accomplishments along the way! Third, talk to a trusted friend or family member about how you’re feeling. Additionally you can find support via cognitive behavioral therapy or online/music forums.

Q: I’m a music artist and I feel like a fraud. What should I do?

A: If you are a music artist and are experiencing feelings of impostor syndrome, there are some steps that you can take to help manage these feelings. These include setting attainable goals, acknowledging your successes, and talking to someone about how you’re feeling.

Q: Is impostor syndrome normal?

A: Yes, impostor syndrome is a normal feeling that many highly successful people experience at some point in their careers. While it’s important to take steps to deal with these feelings, it is not something that should hold you back from pursuing your dreams. You

Q: What is the impostor syndrome manifest?

A: The impostor syndrome manifest is a list of your accomplishments, talents, and skills. This can be a helpful tool in combating the negative thoughts that come with impostor syndrome. Referring to this list will help you remind yourself that you are not a fraud and that you deserve your success.

Q: What are the different types of impostors?

A: There are several different personality types that can be associated with impostor syndrome, including perfectionists, high achievers, people pleasers, and over-givers. Additionally, there are different types of impostors based on competence, including the expert impostor, the novice impostor, and the climbing impostor. Understanding your personality and competence type can be helpful in managing your impostor syndrome.

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