Thursday, January 16, 2014

criticism : take it or leave it?

I feel like everyone is always obligated to believe that constructive criticism is 100% good and everyone always feels obligated to take it. 

Whatever your passion is, you will need to be criticized sometime in regards to it. Otherwise, you'll never improve. 

But guess what: every time someone gives you constructive criticism, you don't have to take it! 

It can sometimes be hard to take criticism. But sometimes, you just won't agree with the criticism you get. In that case..

{When to take criticism} 

The critique is coming from someone who you strive to be like in that particular skill. 
You can see from the critic's perspective. 
Getting critiqued makes you feel more motivated to do well. 
You agree with the critique.
You feel that your work is better after the critique is applied. 

{When to NOT take criticism}

The critique is coming from someone who you don't strive to be like in that particular skill (like a teacher that has a different writing style than you). 
The critic is trying to change your style. 
You feel like giving up after you get critiqued. 
You don't even agree with the critique and like your work better without it.

If you choose not to take criticism for one of the above reasons, then people will probably say "you can't take criticism." But my rule for taking criticism is this: be open-minded and try to see the critic's perspective. If you take the critique into consideration and you do not like it, agree with it; it does not fit your style, or whatever, you should not take it. At that point, it's not benefitting you or what you're trying to accomplish in any way. If you're changing your work into something you don't agree with, it doesn't really represent you anymore. It doesn't matter if the critic is your teacher, your coach, or a professional: if you like your way better, then do it! Even in the professional world, you'll never get anywhere if you constantly try to please your critics. The key to finding success and putting forward your best work possible is to always be yourself: whether you've improved your work through criticism or not, present something that represents YOU. 

xx Signe

1 comment:

  1. I know how you feel. As an actor, everyone feels obligated to critique us, even if they don't know what they're talking about at all. Whatever I'm doing works for me and produces the results I want. The only people in my mind that can critique me and I will truly take their advice are my acting professors. I may see that you have a valid point, but it may not work for me.