As an artist and a human being in general, it is easy to be impatient and lose that little thing called hope. After all, compliments and lucky breaks are not sold on the side of the road like star maps or carnations; rather, these things that propel us forward and give us the strength to soldier on in our careers/crafts/love lives are few and far between. The rarefied nature of these shreds of validation is part of what makes the wait worthwhile, though, right? At least this is what I tell myself (and it’s something I’ve had to tell myself very often of late). This is because my big break/defining moment as a writer simply hasn’t happened yet, and even though I have numerous balls in the air (and manuscripts on the desks of some potentially life-changing people) I know it’s a distinct possibility that maybe none of these opportunities will pan out. I still daydream constantly about how nice it would be to catch my break sooner rather than later, but this doesn’t mean I should give up in the event that this daydream doesn’t become a reality. I write this today to reassure any other impatient dreamers out there that they shouldn’t give up either.
In fact, sometimes I think the path to success as a creative professional is all about patience and blindingly hard work…With the rare exception of child stars and the products of nepotism, we all have to put in a counterintuitive number of under-paid hours, errand running, and all nighters, and – although we become malnourished, droopy-eyed, and mildly insane in the process – we’ll be more talented for the fact that we’re some of the select few still holding on to our dreams and putting in the work. I guess if I were adapting this sentiment into a poster, it would embarrassingly enough say, “Hang in there, kitten, it will happen.”
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