Music was a major part of my life from the age of 6. I went to Berklee College of Music and found out what it was like to be among the best in the world, and then moved to Nashville where I found out the best only got better. That drive to be great was always getting beat up by the part of me that was constantly doubting my talent. The complex and emotional nature of the creative mind led to amazing highs and terrifying lows where I felt lost, defeated, and hopeless. My eating disorder was also tied into my experience in the creative world, as my body image was often judged more than my body of work. A clinician who understands the creative mind and the struggle within can be an invaluable tool.
There is a deep connection between artistic expression and the volatile mind. Many artists in fact thrive on that instability, using it as fuel for their creativity and performance. But the demands of creativity and performance can cause more chaos in the mind than can be managed for some. And sometimes the chaos simply overwhelms the creative mind. Working on your mental health, exploring your thoughts and beliefs and experiences, and finding balance when you need it is where you turn the ugly into beauty.
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