Isn’t it odd how many of us, at one time or another, have said something along the lines of “I want to get into [insert occupation/field/hobby/etc]”?
Perhaps some of us still do this.
We might say things like “I want to get into filmmaking” or “art”, or “I want to become a musician” or “writer”.
Usually, this kind of sentence implies that there are steps you need to take before you can “become” that thing.
These steps might be a particular line of education, some totally unnecessary paper “qualification”, or even the feeling that you need a mentor or other people’s assistance.
For some reason, we believe that we need others’ permission to start something.
But this is silly.
Do you want to get into filmmaking?
Then just do it. START MAKING STUFF. It’s really that simple.
Stop pinning the responsibility on someone, or something, else to decide whether or not you’re “ready” to “start”.
If you continue to do that, how do you know if you’ll ever be officially “ready”? There will always be some next step you’ll feel you’ll need to take otherwise.
The fact is that the cost of starting stuff these days is incredibly cheap.
Want to be a filmmaker? Get creative – use what you have access to. You might know someone who has a decent camera and basic equipment, or you might be able to buy a cheap camera yourself or even use your mobile phone or computer webcam, etc.
Want to be a musician? Get a cheap instrument, find some useful blogs and websites, and start teaching yourself.
And if you want to be a writer, it’s even easier. If you’re reading this, then you probably have your own computer. Use it. Use whatever writing software you have access to, and start creating.
You don’t need to jump through anyone else’s hoops to start something.
So instead of saying “I want to GET INTO writing”, why not just say “I AM a writer” instead?
Don’t worry – they don’t have occupation police who will arrest you for saying that. And the more you say it, the more you’ll believe that you’re already what you want to be.
Because you are.