Whether you’re a photographer, a filmmaker, a YouTuber, or a painter, this latest video by Kaiwan Shaban will probably hit home on some level. It’s an honest, candid message for artists of all stripes who struggle with the fact that they are never quite satisfied with the work they are creating.
Shaban draws liberally from his own struggles as a photographer and filmmaker to create a video that ties his personal struggle into the universal dissatisfaction experienced by many, if not all, creatives.
“I often ask myself, ‘when am I going to be fully satisfied with my work?'” narrates Shaban, “and the answer is: ‘never.’ […] Creativity is an endless arcade game, a game that has only two options: game over, or continue.”
While Shaban’s message might seem negative, the point he’s trying to make is not. His point is that the only way to find contentment in your art is to see it as a journey of growth and improvement and struggle with no destination or end-game; to share your talent freely with the world and appreciate its impact; and to surround yourself with others who are on the same creative journey.
“I guess, what I’m trying to say is,” concludes Shaban, “You are not alone.”
If you’re starting the year with a case of creative block, or you’ve been feeling down or stuck in your creative journey as a photographer, give the video up top a watch. It may not snap you out of this feeling, but it might just help you feel less alone.