As you’re entering a competitive field like art it always seems like a walk in the park until you meet the people who are doing the same thing you are. An example I would like to use is in Happy Gilmor (1996). As Happy was becoming a professional golfer it seemed like he was just rising to the top of the field until he met his enemy Shooter Mgavin. They were both golf pros trying to ruin each other. Unfortunately, there are Shooter Mgavins in all fields but take that as an opportunity to learn about them so you can do better and maybe also learn about others who are doing better than them.
In all fields you will come across brutal competition, it’s not just art. If you fail at something, it’s not the end of the world. You just get up, dust yourself off and try again. That’s what happened to Happy every time he failed, he kept trying and then eventually won and beet Shooter. You’re going to fail more than you succeed. In the Steve Harvey book I wrote I read several months ago he mentions something like “If people are telling you that you suck at what you do and that you’re not going to make it then you’re doing the right thing.” That is where the competition kicks in. you could be getting told that for the following reasons: People are trying to do what you are or they don’t believe in what you do or maybe they’re jealous. And I think that is a common reason give up on their dreams because they are too intimidated by the brutal competition out there.
My advice to overcoming the fear of competition is to be aware of the following: knowing the fact that you will come across anything like that in all fields, not just art. And knowing that failure is one of the key things to success, you will fail a number of times before you move up the ladder. If you keep going I promise it will pay off fore sure.