So if you hear, over and over again, that you can’t do something, eventually, that’s gonna start to wear you down, right?
What if it didn’t have to be that way? What if every single rejection you ever got served as fuel to spur you onwards?
It started when I was a kid; it seemed like no matter what I did, or whatever I was into, I couldn’t avoid getting demeaned. I remember when I won a Stratos He-Man figure in the fifth grade; I got excited and the entire class laughed. And then there was my father (who I’m not bashing, we’ve made peace and get along fine now, just telling a story), who told me that no matter what, I couldn’t do it.
You can’t make a living doing it.
There’s no future in it.
Stop living in fantasy-land.
Now, after years of hearing this same tripe over and over again, I have to confess that the rumor is true; you hear this enough, yeah, it tends to break you down.
But somewhere along the way, something started to dawn on me. I think it was my late teens. I started noticing the names in the credits of my favorite games (even though they made no sense). Thanks to my mother, I started reading game journalism. I started reading how-to books on comics and graphic novels. I started paying attention to those names, too. I started to read about professional gamers, and writers, in mainstream media
Or is it that YOU can’t do this?
Is that YOU can’t do this and you’re angry that I CAN?
I say screw that.