When I was a kid, I had this idea that writers were supposed to get discovered. My favorite poet, Emily Dickinson, was “discovered” after her death, as I understood it. Models and actresses were discovered, I thought. Musicians, too, spent their days perfecting their craft in local bands and dingy night clubs, waiting for some producer big shot to notice that they had something special and sign them on a multi-record deal and international tour.
Nope. Turns out, that’s not how it works at all.
This week, do something to get yourself discovered. You may have a really fabulous talent and a passion for your art, but if you’re not reaching out to other people, don’t hang your hat on the hope of “getting discovered,”
Here are a few things you can do to get started:
- Volunteer: I still teach some yoga classes on a volunteer basis because it helps me reach new people and become a better teacher.
- Email your 5 best friends: These are the people who know you best and support you no matter what. Email these people individually to explain what you’re working on and ask them to support you by sharing your work with others.
- Show off: That’s what the internet is for, guys. Post some selfies on Tumblr, humble brag on Facebook and Twitter, and of course, post links to your beautiful work everywhere you can.
Finally, keep in mind that the process of discovery is very rarely a single “Eureka!” moment. It takes a long time to find your right people and hone your message for them. To the rest of the world, it will look like you just sprung up over night, but you and I both know, you’ve been working toward your particular greatness all your life.