I’m talented, and thank you very much, but let’s take a moment to study what it
actually is all about.
the ability to open your mouth and sing without ever having a lesson. It’s the
ability to pick up an instrument and play it without ever seeing one before. It’s
the ability to pick up a paint brush or pencil and paint or draw something that
could only come from pure talent.
dedication to our craft.
spend years perfecting their playing, how many singers spend years with vocal
coaches, how many painters spend years honing their craft?
our profession, or hobby as the case may be for some. It’s only been the last
few years that talentless hacks called reality show contestants are getting the
jobs that many of us strive for years to get, learning our craft, polishing our
act, all to be told that some little pissant is getting the gig because, well,
they have more social media followers and will bring in the cash.
short one. You don’t get to write the way big authors do unless you’ve had
years of practise and education on the ins and outs of writing and all that
comes with it.
known, unless you have proven yourself on stage and screen, writing, producing,
hosting, singing, dancing, doing everything because that’s what you spend years
learning and honing and educating yourself on.
what we do. It has nothing to do with natural talent, as others may see it; it
has to do with us being dedicated to what we love.
some other instrument? That’s purely practise from their mother’s sitting them
down and making them rehearse. Asian cultures are more into that than we are.
You don’t get to play the piano like that at three unless you’ve already been
practising for two years.
If it’s just paint on a canvas then there’s no prodigy or reincarnation from
some famous artist. Simply a kid who put paint to paper and the parents thought
they could make a buck by calling it “abstract”. I’d love to see a five year old
paint the Mona Lisa or Sistine Chapel.
are just well practiced, rehearsed and educated on our craft after years of honing
have been able to write these if it wasn’t for years of practise in English
class at school, and my teacher critiquing me on them. After I wrote my first,
The Road To Vegas, where the original draft was shit, I signed up to writing
clubs and read a tonne of books. I googled what I could not find and asked
questions, all in the pursuit of knowledge which is far more than what some
people bother doing these days. I learned what it took to be a published
author. And while I may not be traditionally published, I am still published. And that knowledge led me to writing my own book about self-publishing (middle bottom).
simplification of what I already use, and will be using the new name on my new
series. I’m seeing if they sell more with an initialled name on the front and
then I might change the rest.
of practise behind me. Whether it be in jewellery making or writing.
dedication to the education of our craft?