We want our work to speak for itself. We want the product to be in the limelight, not necessarily the backstory of how it came to be.
This creates conflict, because we’re unable to detach ourselves from the characters we write, from our brush or palette choice, or our go-to instrument patches. Because at some point, we realized that if enough of ourselves isn’t evident in our work, it will not be of interest or value. The work is seldom of only intrinsic value.
Despite the sheer number of artists, thinkers, writers and contributors over time, only a handful are considered great. We simply don’t need a million rags-to-riches artist stories. Or stories of overcoming hardship. Or stories of personal development, rebirth or beating the odds.
We don’t require volumes of mad genius stereotypes or goodwill ambassadors. Just one every so often, to which we can pin our aspirations and beliefs. Per category, one is enough.
You now have an opportunity to create and own your category.
Speak for yourself.