Us humans are always seeking validation. From our parents. From our peers. From the movers and shakers. From the taste makers. We put ourselves out there and hope that people will get us. Will get it. That they will provide us with the pat on the back that pushes us towards the dream. We shrink back into the shadows if they don’t.
We forget though that by simply creating we validate ourselves as creators. As artists. If you write poems you are a poet. If you write songs you are a songwriter. No record contract required.
Commit to the craft. It is a reward in itself. Do it because you can and because you believe you have something to say. There is nothing stopping you. Put the pen to paper. Commit the song to tape. Upload it to Bandcamp. You’ve arrived and its all the sweeter because you did it and you own it.
You don’t need a recording contract to be a musician.
You don’t need a book deal to be a writer.
You don’t need a venture capitalist to be an entrepreneur.
You don’t need a Hollywood agent to be an actor.
You don’t need mega movie studio backing to be a director.
You don’t need to get the big conference gigs to be a real expert in your field.
You don’t need the in crowd to give you the nod.
You don’t need permission.