How to figure out your next step (when you feel stuck)

Creatives share the processes they use to face uncertainty, deal with feeling stuck, level-up in their arts careers, upskill, and prepare to change roles or careers.

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In an arts career or creative practice, knowing what step to take next, in which direction and at what time can feel like an impossible task.

In many ways, perhaps it is. We rarely know where our decisions will lead us, nor can we predict what kind of career ladder will reveal itself as we take our first steps. Focusing on set goals or long-term plans can at times prove futile. As comedian Tim Minchin put it in his occasional address, ‘If you focus too far in front of you, you won’t see the shiny thing out the corner of your eye.’

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Madeleine Dore
About the Author
Madeleine Dore is a freelance writer and founder of Extraordinary Routines, an interview project exploring the intersection between creativity and imperfection. She is the previous Deputy Editor at ArtsHub. Follow her on Twitter at @RoutineCurator