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Art is just a matter of perspective. It’s exactly what I said in my previous blog post. No matter what art form it is, there will always be different views, perspectives, and opinions on it. I’m there are people who hate Pablo Picasso’s art masterpieces, as well as Mozart’s music, but who am I to judge them?

I’m very much into art. I don’t treat art as just something I do for work. I appreciate art in whatever form I’m ever exposed to. I’ve been exposed to art from a very young age, and I intend to expose my son to art in just a few years time myself. When I was younger, my parents exposed me to music, concerts, operas, classic Russian movies from the 70’s and 80’s, and more. When I was a teenager, my friends exposed me to Broadway shows. In my 20’s, I had a boyfriend who exposed me to paintings. He’d take me on dates to art galleries and tell me all about the paintings’ histories and really make me think about what I’m seeing while looking at the paintings. In college, a friend exposed me to writing, which made me fall in love with it deeply, and is now what I do professionally.

I learned a lot throughout my experience in writing – for myself and for others. There were so many times throughout the past decade that I wanted to quit it all. For a while, I did, and I deeply regret it. I was told so many times by so ,any different people that I wasn’t good enough and never would become good enough at what I did. I was naïve enough to believe all of them. Art, writing included, is a just a matter of perspective. You can’t possibly like everyone’s work of art, so how could you possibly expect everyone to like yours? Just because someone doesn’t like your artistic passion or has their opinions about it, it doesn’t mean you should give up on it – ever.

As a writer, it’s always my intent to learn, grow and improve my skills set consistently. I don’t just want to stay in one place. As I mentioned before in a different blog post, to be a good leader, one must be a good follower. As weird as it may sound, the best teachers for me when it comes to content creation are those that are younger than me. Heck, I learn from a blogger who’s 20 years old and started her blogging journey 5 years ago when she was in college. Am I embarrassed to say that I’m learning from someone younger than me and has less experience than I do? Absolutely not. I can learn from anyone. Just because someone’s younger than you and/or has less experience than you do, it doesn’t mean they’re not better than you.

As someone who’s profession is in the art industry, I don’t have a fear of rejection. I’m not afraid of taking risks. A couple of years ago, I took a chance and sent my resume to two well known content platforms with millions of readers, viewers, and subscribers. One was Just Jared – a celebrity blog that has been around for 18 years and is well known to the point that all celebrities now know of it. The second is Ms. Mojo – a popular YouTube channel that brings in daily Top 10 celebrity related lists.

Just Jared never got back to me, but Ms. Mojo did. I ended up having an interview for a script writing position at the social media platform. I didn’t end up getting the job, but it was a very big deal for me that I even got the opportunity to be even slightly considered to be part of their team. I didn’t see me being rejected by them as a loss. On the contrary, I saw it as a win; a big win for me. I got noticed by Ms. Mojo – one of the biggest social media platforms whose videos get millions of views every single day. Why would I see it as a failure when they thought I’d be good enough to be considered based on what they’d seen I’d written publicly online?

This really motivated me to continue doing what I love and work harder to improve my skills set. As a writer, there’s no such thing as staying in one place. There’s always room for improvement. It’s not just about your grammar and spelling that matters, but rather the content itself. My writing now isn’t the same as it was 5 or even 10 years ago, and thank goodness for that. I’m now 10 years older than when I started out. I have 10 years worth of experiences and maturity level. So much has happened to me since I started out. I graduated college. I survived a car accident that could’ve been deadly. I was diagnosed with epilepsy and went through health complications that almost killed me. I got married. I had a child after struggling with infertility for 5 years. Of course my writing now is different than what it used to be, and my greatest hope for the future is that I’ll only continue improving.

My one regret throughout the 10 years that I’ve been a content creator is giving up too easily. The main reason for that is me caring way too much about what other people thought of my art. I had people laugh at me; not just on social media, but to my face as well. And not just strangers, but people who I considered to be close friends. With that being said, it was a great lesson for me to learn. Now that I’m older and wiser, all I can say is… F*CK YOU and your opinions and laughter. I’ll still continue doing what I love and you can just continue reading, judging and laughing.

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