if you’re an artist, be an artist. with words, with a paintbrush, with your mouth, it doesn’t matter. the world needs you to do it. it’s hard, I know. it’s frustrating and a lot of times, you’ll hate it. I hate it often. but talent is a horrible thing to waste. as I sat and watched the raconteurs tonight, I was reminded that they all started somewhere; neil gaiman said he became a writer at age 8 when he realised that words had power. always remember you talent has power. you do. don’t squander it because the media and society don’t appreciate it. those of us that do are out there. I sat in a room with 500 other like minds tonight. artists, do your art. we’re all better for it.