I just read a piece by Matt Wallace, writer and man never shy about dropping the “f” bomb, that I think is a must read for anyone trying to make their way as a creative person, or really even just interested in living a life of sticking it to The Man. Dig it here. I love this last paragraph, because Matt is summing up something that I agree with 100%:
Look, at base I just want to write my little stories and get them out to as many people as possible and live my life and maybe be able to buy myself something pretty every once and while. I’m not the guy who is going to affect major change doing that. You might be, though. Whether it’s making policy, making music, making movies, writing books/columns/articles, if you can get past the idea the people in charge know so much more than you do and by proxy have the right to keep you out, you just might be a natural born world-shaker.
And he didn’t even say “at the end of the day.” Thank god for that. Go, read it. Click the link and open it in a new tab, then come back.
Think about the people you know. How many of them are truly “free” and don’t allow themselves to be held to whatever restrictions their particular pursuit is supposed to be bound by? Probably not many. Doesn’t matter if it is in art, or just day-to-day living.
We aren’t all just drinking the kool-aid, we are hooked up to it by IV. And it’s all essentially the same shit, even, if not especially, when it comes to politics. Meanwhile the only thing all those decision makers are successfully pulling off is the inexorable grinding of our necks into the muck.
The problem is those asshats in charge are a large part of the voice that speaks as our inner-censor, telling us that we shouldn’t do this, shouldn’t do that. This story will never sell. Being a band on tour is a waste of your life. Don’t dress like this. Etc. It takes courage to buck those trends. I admire people who just put their heads down and plow forward. They inspire me.