A psychological pattern in which one doubts one's accomplishments and has a persistent internalized fear of being exposed as a "fraud". (Wikipedia)
To anyone who has made something or attempted to make something, you know this feeling too well.
"Can I really do this? Who am I kidding? I don't know what I'm doing."
I dabble in a lot of things. From web development, video editing, animation, web comics, making games, photography etc. But I never called myself a web developer, video editor, animator, artist, game developer, photographer. Because I never really felt I was one.
I thought since I was a beginner and not as good as others, I shouldn't call myself a (insert title here). As it would be insulting to the REAL (insert title here). No matter what my accomplishments were, no matter how much experience I got, I was just a wannabe, a fake, an impostor.
But then I realized.... you are what you do.
Some people talk the talk and some walk the walk.
Some think they are cool while some ARE cool.
If you made a website, you are a web developer. If you made a web comic, you are an artist. If you took a photo, you are a photographer and so on.
Many if not all veteran creatives went through this stage. Where they doubted themselves. But chose to keep going.
And in the end, the feeling of being a wannabe disappeared. They became a real legitimate (insert title here).
Have you ever felt impostor syndrome? How did you overcome it?