Denzel Washington said, “I work hard for the audience. It’s entertainment. I don’t need validation.” I don’t know what context he was saying this in, but the words themselves are gripping. What if we could absolve our need for validation? What if we could simply write, compose, or perform without worry about what someone else was thinking? I think it would be a different world and one far more colorful. Artistry is often criticized as being well done or poorly done, but few look at the presentations as simply entertainment.
I work hard for the audience. It’s entertainment. I don’t need validation. – Denzel Washington
I propose that if any one part of a novel, song, or film touches your heartstrings, there is some worth to that presentation. However, even if they never tug at your heartstrings or dazzle your imagination, was it at least entertaining? If you garnered entertainment from whatever it was that you experienced, was it worth the time? I recently had a talk with my boss (yes I still have a day job, have to pay the bills ya know?). He and I were discussing Star Wars and how he absolutely hates the franchise. Now in the world of Geek and Nerd-dom this is akin to sacrilege, but then he said something that piqued my interest. He said, “I don’t like the ideas or the concepts, but I’ll be damned if they weren’t entertaining.”
I don’t like the ideas or the concepts, but I’ll be damned if they weren’t entertaining.
That opened my eyes to this other realm of possibility where validation is not necessary. What if we created our arts to entertain without the need for validation? I think that sometimes we get so caught up in trying to please everyone, that we miss the mark and do not even please ourselves. To quote J.C. Watts, “I’m secure in who I am. I don’t need the validation of those that would say, you have to be a certain thing in order to be accepted. I’m comfortable going against the grain if I need to.”
I’m secure in who I am. I don’t need the validation of those that would say, you have to be a certain thing in order to be accepted. I’m comfortable going against the grain if I need to. – J.C. Watts
So, 2017 is going to be different for me. I spent too much time over the past couple of years worrying about doing things the right way and too much time trying to publish quickly instead of creating binge worthy material. I love to read and I love to write, I don’t need validation to do either of those things. I am going to write the stories I want to write and write them in a such a way that I am not unhappy to have my name associated with them. Here’s to a new year and a new start, until next time folks.
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