In a community where everyone asks about what you do and no one asks about what you love, it's easy to become discouraged and uninspired. Many of us cease to think of ourselves as "artists" as our minds and our days are consumed with the tedium of the jobs we take on to afford living in New York. So what's the point?
The only person telling me that I wasn’t a writer was myself—and the way I used qualifications to soften my statements was a lot like the way students and young people call themselves “aspiring ____.” If you’re already doing whatever it is you want to be doing—writing, photography, fashion design, whatever—then you’re no longer aspiring. The difference between aspiring and practicing is simply the practice.