There’s an important component to what we do as creatives: faith. It takes faith to start a project and believe that something good will result. It takes faith to photograph a wedding knowing you can’t miss the once-in-a-lifetime shot of a bride coming down the aisle. It takes faith to start writing a novel that you know will consume the next year of your life.

There’s a dynamic at work in this as well: the higher the stakes, the more faith it requires. If your income depends on your creative ability, it takes much more faith, at least until you have done it enough to feel relatively secure. Even then, there’s that nagging question of whether the next project will be as good as it needs to be.

If you find yourself wondering, questioning, debating, or on the verge of giving up, consider this:

One night I was layin' down,
I heard Papa talkin' to Mama.
I heard Papa say, to let that boy
boogie-woogie. 'Cause it's in him
and it's got to come out.
—John Lee Hooker,
Boogie Chillen'


Another transformation from a less than average photo to a wintry scene that evokes much more emotion. (at least for me)