I was indie way back when it was just called being a loner. I always knew who I was, even when I didn't like who I was. And I didn't for many years. Because I never seemed to fit in anywhere. And I still don't. So, I just did my own thing. Which is what I still do.
It's not easy being indie. Staying true to yourself in a world that values selling out. Where quantity has replaced quality. Where who you know seems to be more important than who you are. Where you are easily classified by your politics, religion, gender, looks, class and/or sexuality.
This is the bullshit that we've bought into as a society.
I'm not claiming that I'm above it all or that I have no implicit bias. Because I'm not. And I do. We all do. I'll admit right now that I think your fitbit is nothing more than a really expensive glorified pedometer. And I will judge you if you're over the age of 25 and use Snapchat. But, these thoughts are mine. Not that of my group. Because I don't have a group. Because I'm GDI (Goddamn Independent). Which when I transferred to the University of Alabama for my sophomore year meant you weren't in a sorority or fraternity. I know this might come as a shock, but I wasn't. I never understood why anyone would feel the need to pledge their devotion to a bunch of drunk girls (or guys) desperately seeking validation.
It's not that I don't want to be accepted. I do. I mean, I think it would be nice. But, I don't need it. It's just that I don't want to be endorsed by association simply because I'm in the right group. I don't want you to pretend to like me because someone else you like does. Like it's some kind of a contractual obligation or popularity contest. I don't want you to approve of me because of what you think I can do for you. And god knows I don't want you to hate follow me. You know like that facebook friend you love to hate. I hate that! At the end of the day, I'd much rather be respected than accepted.
To sum it up...
I like myself so you don't have to.You're welcome. I'm a giver like that. I didn't get where I am by affiliation, kissing ass, pretending to be something I'm not or cheating the system. I got where I am by navigating my own path, believing in myself and making my own opportunities. If I make anything I do look easy, it's because I work my damn ass off. Because I am a one woman show. And I do all of my own stunts. It's all me. No agent. No publisher. No publicist. No safety net. No regrets.
What I am is authentic.
And that's what being indie is all about.