Artistic Freedom (Validation and Entitlement)

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Artistic Freedom (Validation and Entitlement)

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The Man is, like, keeping me from creating what I want.

Whatever, man. People just don’t understand me and what I’m about.

It’s like my folks and like America and like..

I just need more..


You keep using that word...

 In a world of participation awards and promises of government handouts, people got soft. The biggest lie my generation was told was that college would guarantee you a job. Oh the commercials! The dream! Years later, we’re blaming this media-provided conditioning on anyone we can. Oh, there’s reason to be pissed, sure. At the same time, we’re still here. And who would’a thought we’d be after that kick-in-the-ass reality check? ..Reality. Before we examine what artistic freedom really is, we have to break down that dreaded word. (Oh, trust me. I’m not a fan of it either. The following applies to writers, as well.. And everyone, pretty much.)

  After the fury of millions of 30-somethings died down, we accepted that this is a skill-based economy. SKILLED. Meaning you’ve been sharpened by a higher form of education. If you’re happy with your abilities just as they are, then you have made a choice to remain stagnant in all areas of your life. If you’re happy with that, good for you. But if you want to grow and thrive on your passion, you have to allow yourself that chance. Ego is a huge reason (if not THEE reason) we’re all our own worst enemy. True artists will never be satisfied. Whereas fanboys/girls will seek validation for the rest of their lives; running to Facebook like it’s their diary. To constantly seek validation is a sign of insecurity. And co-dependent behavior and a constant need for validation is what, kids?

That’s right!


You’re relying on someone to confirm that your work is first class. Clinging to the idea that you’re perfect just as you are is a self-constructed four wall trip to NOWHERE ! So do yourself a favor. Destroy yourself before your ego does and get in line with the 5,347,890,217 people who want to achieve the same thing you do. Let yourself be molded from the ground up. Ignore the naysayers but listen to the critics! They will only help you!



ronda-rousey-968x1024 Owned and learned to earn.

 It may be a worn out phrase, but nothing worth having ever came easy. These “adversities” about not having a support system behind you are not adversities. So mommy doesn’t approve of your career path. Guess what? She probably never will. I don’t care if you prove her wrong and neither does she. Because although that feels good, you’re still seeking validation you may never have. And while you were reaching for that, you could have been using that energy to create something great; to make YOURSELF proud.

I don’t know if you knew this, but this world doesn’t owe you a fuckin’ thing. The art world does not owe you an audience, money, fame, or a hug from mommy and daddy. In fact, no one does. You wanted freedom? THEN BE FREE. But realize that freedom comes at a price. We all have to eat shit at some point. Just don’t let the hurt rule you. That’s the key. Because once you allow that to happen, you’ve shackled yourself back into validation mode.

 I’m not someone who’s made it. Hell, I don’t even know if I’ll ever be on the cusp. I’m just speaking as someone who has felt sorry for themselves at one time too. It’s human. Everybody gets one.. ONE. After that, you’re just another hipster with a sense of entitlement and a skewed take on what freedom is.

Hayek quote

-Kasey Pierce

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Kosmic Kasey
Kosmic Kasey
Kasey Pierce is a sci-fi/horror author from the Metro Detroit area. Her latest work is sci-fi comic series, "Norah". (Source Point Press) Other credits include horror anthology, "Pieces of Madness". Also forewords and epilogues for author/illustrator, Joshua Werner and Marvel illustrator, Jay Fosgitt. social media:, Twitter:@kosmickasey, and Instagram:@kcdwrites.

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