Street Cred

The internet has removed most (if not all) barriers and gatekeepers of creativity.

It’s created new arena’s to test your merit in.

Ten plus years ago, if you wanted to make a movie, you’d likely have to go to film school. You would need equipment and a camera crew. You would need lots of money to shoot, edit and market your film.

Nowadays, If you want to be a filmmaker, or actor, you can just start a YouTube channel, record on your phone, edit with free software, and instantly upload your work.

The same applies across the creative spectrum.

If you want to be a designer, fashion curator, app developer, industrial engineer, photographer — you name it — you can. All you need is the willingness to put in the time and effort to do it.

Of course, since there are no barriers, everyone’s on an even playing field. In order to stand out, you’ve got to be good, I mean, really good. (Or stand out by growing online — learning as you go.)

Learn it. Do it. Share it. Improve it. Master it.

One observation I’ve had is street cred can be an excellent accelerator to help you stand out.

You see it all the time with Folks who are killing it online. For example:

Rich Roll: Being a Vegan and Runner backs up his podcastsand books.
Vanessa Van Edwards: Human Psychology backs up her books, speaking and courses.
Jocko Willink: Navy SEAL, combat, training, leadership, discipline backs up his podcasts, books and business.

The thing you want to be creative at, has a thing — a category / scene / group — behind it.

I’m not saying that you need to be a best-selling author or marathon runner first before you can make a living with your art online.

The key insight here is we need to plant our flag and stand for something. What that something is — whether it’s being into health and wellness or painting or makeup artistry — is up to you.

But you gotta go all in.

You’ve got to live and breathe in that community.

STAY BOLD, Keep Pursuing,
— Josh Waggoner

Daily Blog #608

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