Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Feeling Small.

In this week's Equals Record post, I wrote about what it's like to pursue a creative career in a city that teems with talent. Is working here inspiring? Absolutely. Is it also intimidating? Without a doubt.


An excerpt from the new post: Brooklyn is a wonderful place to be young and creative. Everyone (well, maybe not everyone, but it seems that way) is an artist, a writer, a musician, a designer. The place bristles with energy. Imagination. New ideas. It’s exhilarating, for sure. But sometimes it can be downright intimidating. Everyone seems so cool, confident, and creative, it’s easy to feel discouraged about my own burgeoning career as a writer. It’s easy to feel small.  Do I stand out? Is my work good enough? Is my writing terrible? Worse, is it boring? 

See the rest of the post on the Equals Record, here. As always, thank you so much for reading!

9 comments:

the southern hostess said...

I can so relate to this feeling. It's always felt simultaneously inspiring and intimidating to live in this city. Glad you shared this!

Lisa said...

Wise words from Ira Glass. Loved this post Shoko.

Jennifer Young said...

So good, Shoko. I admire your honesty. I can definitely relate to your experiences and I love your insights. Go you!

angela said...

Yes, love your honesty. Great writing, when I was younger I had those type of feelings, what you realize eventually is everything you are doing now is just preparing you for what you will be doing in the future.

erin said...

indeed. invigorated and overwhelmed all at once. but keeping on. that's what counts.

Lisa said...

Awe, Shoko - your contributions on The Equals Record are so beautiful and touching. I just love everything about them! Thank you for being so open - I can relate in so many ways! (I've left a comment over on The Equals Record as well!)

RaquelDoesLife said...

I really enjoy these posts, dude. So far you're at 100% on the Resonating With Rachel Scale. =]

Shoko said...

Thanks so much, everyone! I'm so thrilled you're liking the column. It's been such a pleasure to write, and I appreciate your encouragement SO much. It's heartening to read that so many of you feel similarly about the issues the column's touched on - makes navigating these uncertain waters much less lonely :)

Akiko said...

It was such a great column (again)! I really feel connected every time I read your writing on the Equals Record. Amazing post! xo akiko
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