Everybody has their lists of all the things they think you need to have read, done, or experienced in order to rightfully call yourself a writer, artists, creator, entrepreneur, intellectual, photographer, professional, or whatever.
You know—the whole “Oh, you can’t call yourself a musician until you’ve transcribed the Wayne Shorter solo on Night Dreamer” line of thinking.
Yada, yada, yada! Blah, blah, blah!
I’m not interested in the “what you do or don’t have a right to call yourself” discussion. To me, it’s pretty pointless.
It doesn’t matter what you call yourself if you’re not actually pursuing and practicing your calling.
And if you are pursuing and practicing your calling, is there really enough time to be checking in on what label people are using to refer to you?
Are you truly trying to create what you love or are you too busy trying to get your favorite expert or critic to give you a “you’re officially creative” sticker?
Questions worth asking.