Axis of Awesome: make the change
Working Class Man: Australian identity, steel, forged in fire, tough but loving, simple, “salt of the earth”, genuine, making do, taking one day at a time. Does this describe Australia today?
Being a writer is extremely hard. This has always been true. It was true for Chaucer. It was true for Shakespeare, who wrote plays to please the queen. No one cares if you write. It has to matter to you so enormously much that you visit your ego upon the world and give it no choice except to care. I agree that this is harder now, not just because there are all these outlets that don’t pay, but also because there are ALL THESE OUTLETS. Because of the Internet, there is too much content and not enough audience. It is so hard to distinguish oneself.
Here is the trick, I think: You have to be brave as a writer. You have to write in a pure voice that is distinct and rare. It really is not hard. That does not require facility with words so much as it requires lack of fear. Of course, that is hard. Fear is the thing that gets in the way of everything: love, happiness, success.
I happen to think there were many more opportunities twenty years ago to get a job as an editorial assistant at a magazine and write little articles until you could get assigned bigger pieces. But in terms of becoming an author of a book, the odds are as stacked against you or for you as ever. It is really difficult. But I think if you are sure this is what you must do, you need to be fearless and proceed. It really only works if it is a matter of no other choice.
Riding the Rhino at Federation Square, Melbourne. Gillie and Marc have created 3 bronze rhinos as part of an installation at Federation Square which looks at the rise of Rhino-Poaching which is currently reaching crisis levels. Hopefully this installation from Gillie and Marc will help raise awareness of this issue.
Photography by William Watt