Not withholding.Posted: August 25, 2011
My name is starting to leak into the datasphere, because of plays or stories or columns I’ve written. I’m very happy about that. And on a couple of occasions, I’ve hesitated to say or post or write something because of how it’ll be perceived. The Internet forgets nothing–so I should be careful what I reveal about myself, right? Will people think I’m crazy? Or afterwards dismiss what I have to say?
Well, honestly, I wring my hands once or twice and then answer, “Maybe” and “That’s okay.” In the last year, I’ve been especially inspired by Amanda Palmer, who is always, if nothing else, unapologetically herself. Of course, she’s also an insanely talented and hardworking artist. But she admits her stuff–including soul-bearing, tearstained performances–isn’t for everyone. And so I feel free to admit that neither is mine.
This piece is easily the most personal work I’ve shared publicly. It feels very vulnerable to have it out there. But I believe that by not withholding, by being unapologetically myself, in public and in private, I will attract who I want to attract and create the life I want to live. So read it. It’s about why I’m an artist. And do what thou wilt.