So I was listening to a podcast today and just as I was starting to lose patience with it one of the people on the show made a statement that immediately drew me in.
She said writers are the only ones who tend to hesitate to refer to themselves as such until they feel they have “arrived” (whatever that means to them), whereas others like actors will immediately own what they are whether or not they’re actually functioning in that role.
Specifically, she mentioned how you could go to LA or New York or wherever actors flock to and almost everyone, from the grocery store cashier to the barista at the coffee shop will proudly tell you they’re an actor whether or not they’ve gotten their big break (or any acting gigs at all for that matter).
They might never had made to any screen or stage but they own the fact that they’re an actor or actress.
On the other hand, people who strive to be writers/authors will hold off on referring to themselves as such until maybe, just maybe, they publish a book or two or ten and make it to the NY Times Bestseller list or gain some other accolade, and even then, they might still feel unworthy of the title.
Why is that, I wonder.
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