It has never been easier for creators to put their work into the world. Seven-year-olds create Youtube channels, for heavens sake. Good ones.
And yet over and over I see skillful, passionate future artists waiting. Teenagers with albums in their heads and Netflix in front of their eyes. To them, I say:
Do you want permission? To get picked? To be perfect?
You aren’t going to get any of those “p” words. Instead, they need to give themselves permission: pick themselves, start before they’re perfect.
If you are a young artist, why aren’t you making and sharing new art every week? The bar to create art has never been easier to scale.
You learn to make better art by making art. The great songs won’t come until you’ve written a lot of songs.
Don’t wait. Write them. Share them. Learn from them. Then do it again but better.
Be afraid if you want.
Do it anyway. Don’t wait.