Your Inner Critic Is a Big Jerk: And Other Truths About Being Creative by Danielle Krysa

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“We all get blocked. We are all plagued by an inner critic. And no one is immune to the creativity-halting effects of negative criticism.”
― Danielle Krysa

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Your Inner Critic Is a Big Jerk: And Other Truths About Being Creative by Danielle Krysa is the book that started it all for me. 

I first came across Danielle’s Blog, The Jealous Curator, in 2015. I was working at F. Schumacher on the Upper East Side, and while I enjoyed the interior design world and finally being back in New York, I was desperately missing Italy, the art world. I felt trapped in my life and spent most of my days commuting and sitting in my windowless office. 

I knew I wasn’t interested in the typical nine-to-five job, and while the job was okay, I knew I needed to find something that would give me the freedom to write and explore my artistic interests. 

I was looking to attract something into my life that would inspire me to figure out what I wanted the next five years of my life to look like because it wasn’t this. 

That is when I came across Danielle’s blog and book Your Inner Critic Is a Big Jerk: And Other Truths About Being Creative and while I wasn’t an art student who was told never to paint again, I was a student with dyslexia who was told she would never be a writer. Danielle’s story resonated with me, and I was blown away by the community she had created on the internet. I knew it was time to face my fear and return to Italy. So, I planned to start a blog, get my Master’s, and return to the art world to become a Curator.

So, with Danielle’s book for emotional support, I applied to graduate school at the American University of Rome (AUR) and was back in Italy within a year. 

Though I didn’t start my blog until 2022 and had to move back to the States in 2018 because I couldn’t find someone to sponsor my working visa, I did have the opportunity to meet Danielle in the summer of 2017 as she was co-hosting a workshop at the European Cultural Academy during the Venice Biennale. 

Meeting Danielle was a pivotal moment in my life because she was what she preached and truly stood for what she wrote about in her book; meeting someone who believes that everyone can create the life they wish for is infectious, and to this day, I return to her book time and time again when I need a little pup in my step and a good kick in the ass to remind myself that if I want to make something happen then it is up to me to show up for myself and put the work in because *“No one can wrestle the pencil out of your hand. You get to keep going in absolute defiance.” 

Now, Danielle runs her blog from Substack under Art Delivery and has written other books to help creative people step out of their comfort zones and claim their place in the art world. So, if you are looking for inspiration for your creative life, I suggest reading them!

First, do you want a preview of Danielle’s inspirational abilities? Check out her TedX How to cut creativity out of your life | Danielle Krysa | TEDxNashville

Thank you for reading!

*Danielle quotes Amanda Happé, an artist she interviewed for her first book, Creative Block.

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