PULL UP A CHAIR.
Sometimes I have to take a necessary break from the food chitter chatter and retweeting to talk about what's near and dear to me, using food as a metaphor (LOL). Let me preface this by saying I didn't want to have to write this, but you know when it's "time". In a world that seems cutthroat at times, we should be more welcoming of anyone with a dream.
A lot of people feel intimidated by "the table". They feel like there are too many people already sitting down, like they won't be seen or heard. If I had a dollar for every time I heard "But there are so many other _____ out there!" I'd have enough money to buy y'all some courage.
There will always be a seat at the table for anyone with a passion for something. No matter what their approach, level of experience, or niche is; they're bringing something.
The internet is like a potluck. As creatives, we bring something and we pick and choose from what we like. We get inspired. We bring our own dishes. We collaborate with other people to make new ones. We reach out if we need an extra hand in our kitchen, and when something's good we make sure everyone knows it (Retweet!).
I'm sick of hearing there's not enough room. If you believe that, you're simply insecure about all the space you're taking up, or you're scared someone's going to infringe upon on it. If you know what you've got is unique and special and made with love by YOU, you're not worried about someone else's truffle and parmesan garlicky smashed potatoes. If we don't support us, why should anybody else?
It might suck that you didn't have any help coming up. It might suck that nobody noticed your awesome sauce for a really really long time. It might have taken a really long time before you felt comfortable in your chair. We've all been through it.
I have one ask:
To the established creatives, makes some room at the table.
And to the newcomers, by any means, have a seat.
+ Thank You, Solange Knowles for the thought provoking album title that made me think of this.