I want to be a television writer (among other things).
There, I said it.
I’ve known this for a long time and have spent many years trying to rationalize the dream away. I’ve told myself that I would need to move to LA, which I would inevitably hate, that the demand for these jobs is too high and the chances are next to nothing, that you need connections, that I’d have to struggle for years working my way up, and that I must not really want this because I have so many other passions and that if I really wanted this, I wouldn’t be so resistant to devoting my life to it.
So basically I had every excuse you can think of, both as a result of being a Scanner (and not realizing what that meant) and as a result of living in a society that discourages seemingly-impossible pursuits in the name of ‘comfort’ and ‘stability’.
Maybe it’s learning about lifestyle design and the nature of Scanners, or maybe it’s my growing sense of confidence or the emerging Puttylike community itself, but I seem to have developed a few new beliefs that threaten the continued existence of my excuses. These are:
- Anything is possible.
- Any system can be hacked.
- All assumptions should be tested.
I now recognize that the excuses I used to tell myself are precisely the type of excuses that the ‘status quo’ tell themselves to justify never taking risks. But here’s the thing:
I’m no longer a part of that world.
I mean, the other day I overheard someone on the street say: “you should do X, it’s a good job, pays well.” and I nearly gagged. It now blows my mind that anyone would settle for ‘a good job that pays well’. (What about your dreams? Your PASSIONS?!!)
The thing I seem to have forgotten is that statements like “you should do X, it’s a good job” used to make total sense to me. This experience was a bit of a shock. In that moment, I realized just how much I’d changed.
Surrounded by Inspiration
Apparently, having surrounded myself with so many incredible location-independent bloggers, entrepreneurs and enthusiasts, I’ve forgotten that this attitude of finding ‘a good job that pays well’ is by far the prevalent attitude in our culture, that we- lifestyle design kids, non-conformers and dreamers- are the exception.
Anyway, I wouldn’t be much of a Puttylike tribe leader if I didn’t take my own advice and pursue all of my seemingly-impossible, grandiose dreams.
So here we go. I’m going to do what others say cannot be done. I’m setting this goal publicly:
I’m going to become a television writer and I will get there through unconventional means. I will not ‘pay my dues’, work my way up through the system, or otherwise beg for approval from gatekeepers. Instead I will be myself, think outside the box, work hard, and find my own way of getting there.
I’ve already made a list of some action steps I can take and people I can contact as soon as my exams are over.
Stay tuned. I plan on writing about my progress periodically on the blog. Of course, this is only one of my many pursuits, but it’s one that I’m moving from the back burner to the front burner. I just ache for it too much. It’s time.
Ah how I love well-written television…