Chapter 22 – Fear is a Liar
by Leesa Dean
One of the biggest lessons I’ve learned during the process of teaching myself how to animate, getting Chilltown off the ground and promoting it has been: Fear is a Liar.
I was so worried, initially, that nothing would turn out right. That everything would be a fiasco, it literally kept me up at night, at times. But, ultimately, the believe that people would respond to what I did prevailed. And, people did. As they say in the Lottery, “Gotta be in it, to win it.”
I know a lot of people who are writers or, even, wannabe writers who are wracked with fear of failure. And it prevents them from ever completing anything. I used to be friendly with someone who ran around telling everyone he was a writer. The truth is, he never really wrote anything. He was too scared of being judged and failing. So he’s wasted years of his life in a type of limbo. Too scared to fail and too scared to try.
I recently had a long conversation with someone who told me her biggest fear was putting herself on the line. I told her, “You know what? You are going to fail. It’s inevitable. But you’re also going to succeed. You just have to get past that fear and try. It’s the absolute only way to succeed.” Failure goes hand-in-hand with success. You ultimately develop thick skin so it doesn’t affect you as much.
Mark Ecko, the entreneur/designer, etc. may have said it best: “Success is the hangover of failure.”