I often ask my podcast guests about their own hero’s journey to highlight a life process bringing them to the moment they are at. Think of the first hero’s journey like a superhero origin story. It’s how you got started being serious about your art or what you wanted to do in life. It’s that story that led up to the moment when you said, this is it! That story is what galvanized you into finally taking action. Although your own origin story might not always take the shape of the hero’s journey, there are probably core elements or similarities.
The hero’s journey isn’t something everyone is familiar with so I decided to curate together an some perspectives on what the hero’s journey is and how it relates to being creative.
My introduction to the hero’s journey was through The Power of Myth a book covering a series of interviews between Joseph Campbell and Bill Moyers. It is a book I read on a regular basis going over special passages, highlighting quotes and expanding via free writing various sections.
Here is a video capturing the journey and how it is used within movies and books:
Then there are graphics like this one showing the cycle of the journey:
Each of us has our own over-arching hero’s journey alongside mini journey’s taken as we explore the world and our path within it. Creating is a part of an expression of those journey’s. Our creative adventures are a way to process the story we hold. Sometimes it is an expression of ideas laying dormant within our subconscious. How we create is built from our interactions with the world around us.
Each of us has our own journeys we take to get to where we are. There is usually a special initiation or moment of truth where we made a greater commitment to our art. That story is of interest to other artists on their own journey for the lessons learned, the perspective gained, or the inner tools discovered. In sharing that journey and process we help ourselves reconnect to our core while helping others learn from the same lessons. It often isn’t until we grok those lessons within our own journey that we fully understand. However a glimpse allows us to be better prepared and know what’s possible. Which often makes it a bit easier when things get tough.
Though one journey may end there are many more that take shape. It’s a process to go through on a micro and macro level. Once you recognize the pattern it’s actually easier to predict and see where you are at in the process while in it. Then it becomes easier to enjoy the journey rather than constantly being concerned for the outcome.
One benefit of reflecting on your own hero’s journey is it helps you flesh out your story. By knowing your story it’s easier to find parts to share to help engage an audience for your craft. Check out this podcast episode for some Kickstarter inspiration.
A book that covers this in depth to help you figure out your “attractive character” is this book by Russell Brunson.
If marketing books are not your thing or if you want some extra ideas for implementing what Russell talks about, sign up for this email series here.
The concepts in the email/videos compliment the book and shows you from an artist’s perspective how to use the ideas mentioned. Once you start implementing your story into your website and into what you create, it helps people engage with you much like they would at a Saturday market.
If you just read the book you might be turned off by all the marketing. The email series provides a bridge or translation into actionable items specific to artists.