I can’t believe how fast this semester has gone by, it feels like just yesterday we were sitting in class soaking up the last of the September sun. Over the course of these past thirteen weeks, I’ve built my own personal public domain, inviting readers from all over the internet to my little corner. I feel more open and honest than I’ve ever felt online. As a product of generation Y, I’ve spent the vast majority of my young life on the internet, posting, commenting and sharing bits and pieces of myself. Being able to write creatively has given me a space to share who I really am without my face painted and my hair curled. From one of the readings this week, Van Dijck (2013), paid reference to Erving Goffman who presented the ‘front stage’ and ‘back stage’ self. Essentially, who you are on the front of the stage is who you are in front of the audience- on your best behaviour and who you are on the back stage is who you are when no audience is present. Before I started blogging, my front stage self was primarily the face I used online but it’s not who I am every day. In order to stay true to who I really am, I needed to share my back stage self as well and building this blog has not only given me a space to do so but also encouraged me to present my backstage self on my other social platforms.
It’s always been a dream of mine to create, to share with the world my own discoveries, and to inspire those who were just like me. As I got older, this dream seemed to get farther and farther out of my reach. I have always wanted to do Youtube videos, since I was eight years old I knew that I wanted to be a face in front of a camera talking to a world-wide audience. I knew I had something to say, something to share. When we’re young, we’re encouraged to let our wildest dreams soar, but as we age we get discouraged by the judgements from others and let our dreams fade. I’ve been incredibly lucky to meet so many beautiful and brave people in the local creative industry who have inspired me to live out my wildest dreams. I started my YouTube channel shortly after I created this domain and I’ve promised myself to never let that dream of mine die. I know it’s something I’ve always wanted to do and I don’t want to waste another minute not creating or doing what I love. In order to get good at something, one needs to stay true to their craft. Jesse Thorn (2012), wrote an incredibly strong article of the twelve steps to 1000% no fail success. The article gave way to methods to keep one on track with their goals and to never stop dreaming. I don’t worry about my future in the creative industry because I believe in my what I do and know that with a strong work ethic I can achieve exactly where I want to be, and I want to inspire others to do the same.
You shouldn’t be asking yourself if your dreams are crazy. You should be asking yourself if you dreams are crazy enough.
Thorn, J. (2012). Transform Review: Jesse Thorn. Retrieved from https://transom.org/2012/jesse-thorn-make-your-thing/
Van Dijck, J. (2013). ‘You have one identity’: performing the self on Facebook and LinkedIn. Media, Culture & Society, 35(2), 199-215. Retrieved from https://doi.org/10.1177/0163443712468605