First and foremost, I’m an amateur.
one who engages in a pursuit, study, science, or sport as a pastime rather than as a profession ~ Merriam-Webster
We use this word in a negative way so often, as if being an amateur is inferior to being a professional. Really, the only difference between the two is the money. I guess it’s our capitalist ways that created this divide.
An amateur is simply someone who does something for the love of it. An amateur isn’t unskilled or inferior, just focused on passion over paycheck. That’s who I am.
I’m a raconteur. I love telling stories. It’s something I’ve been doing my whole life in many different ways.
a person who excels in telling anecdotes ~ Merriam-Webster
I’ve gone through waves of wanting to be a comic artist, author, songwriter, and painter. At some point, I realized the link between them all: I just want to tell stories.
I also realized I didn’t have to choose just one medium to tell them.
I’m a troubadour.
a singer, especially of folk songs ~ Merriam-Webster (2nd definition)
I make no claims to be any good at playing guitar, but I still love it. There’s something special about strumming and singing, delivering a story in song. I love a song that tells a tale regardless of genre. Rock or rap, country or classical: it doesn’t matter.
Tell me a story.