Credibility and Hype

When you announce to people that you’re an artist: a writer, poet, aspiring filmmaker or musician, people either nod along sheepishly, feigning interest or act unbelievably impressed while thinking, “Cool, but what’s your REAL job?”

Pursuing your “artistic” anything seems very much like a solo endeavor when you’re starting out.

For most of us, it will unfortunately remain that way no matter how credible we become in our fields.

Make Me Your Expert

I suppose that is why artists are so highly critical of ourselves, striving evermore to be the best so that we can catch our big break. For the purpose of this blog, however, I’m going to center on the opposite.

I’m writing about buying into your own hype, whether you have any significant buzz or not.

I understand the importance of being confident. The battle of “the unsigned artist vs. the world that hasn’t discovered them yet” rages on through this very website. However, I fear what happens once artists stop aspiring to be great and start believing they are.

Our natural instinct to dream, hunt and survive drive us.

Talking makes us feel good, makes us look good, but while we’re talking, we’re usually waiting for our big break. A large part of the craft is the constant scratching and clawing.

Yelling at the top of our lungs!

The need to be heard. The need to announce: “I am alive. I am here.”

Artistic credibility is the validation of your work. It’s your Grammy, your SAG, your Oscar.

Being credible is also accepting that you may not ever get to that level. Set your goals, and stick to them. Figure out what it means to make it, and scratch and claw until you do that. Don’t sell yourself short. Go out and write YOUR New York Times Bestseller.

Even if no one ever reads it.

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