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Reviewers: Why Don’t You Review Your Own Life?

I am oftentimes amused when I read the review that some reviewer has written about somebodies something. Not just the reviews written about my stuff but also the reviews written about anybody’s creative project. I mean, love it or hate it, they are all written from a very specific point of view.

Now, the fact of the matter is, some reviewers are very good at their job. They don’t just say, “This is good or that is bad.” They really go into exacting detail. They really spell out the long, the short, and the all of whatever creative project they are discussing—at least from the perspective of their own opinion. And, that’s all good. But, here’s the thing—the thing that very few reviewers are ever willing to do… Instead of casting the focus away from themselves, onto somebody else’s creative something, why don’t they write a review about their own life and tell the world the truth—the truth about themselves. At least then the reader of their reviews may come to a deeper understanding of why they have become a reviewer in the first place and what is their motivation for casting the judgments that they cast. Because isn’t that the essence of any review, the casting of personal judgment? So, tell the world why you are who you are and why you think the way you think.

So reviewer, can you be that bold? Can you be that honest?

I have read that some people believe that I don’t like reviewers or I don’t like the reviews some people have written about my creative stuff. That’s really not the case. The thing I don’t like, if you want to define it as such, is when people present their opinion as fact when what they are saying is not true or when they intentionally disassemble and take limited parts of a creative presentation, out of context, in order to confirm their own misguided appraisal of that creative project. But, that’s just the reality of the game. You create anything and people are going to judge it. I get it…

The thing is, I am one of those one-hundred percent honest sort of people. In this blog and in all of my writings and in all of my talks, I tell people who I am, what I am, and why I do what I do. So, if you care enough to know whom I really am and why I do what I do, and create what I create, that information is out there. How many reviewers can you say that about? From them, the focus is always outside of themselves. All you hear about is what they do or do not like.

Certainly, my ideology has always been, that having an opinion or speaking or writing your opinion about somebody’s something is way more easier than creating a similar something. And, that is why critics and reviewers take on their job. It is much easier than writing a book, making a movie, painting a painting, or creating some music. For that—those things take inspiration. …It takes hard work. But, I think we can all agree that to just talk about somebody else’s something, that’s pretty easy.

So, here’s the assignment to all of you reviewers out there… Tell the world your story. Review your own life. Review the things that you have done and tell the world why you have done them. Tell them why you do what you do. Tell them why you cast the judgments you judge. Then, if nothing, a least no creative person can accuse you of not being honest—not honest at least in terms of your own emotions and cultural influences and definitions.

Ultimately, life is all about being honest. …Being honest with yourself and being honest with the world around you. So, before you judge anybody’s anything, review yourself. Tell the world who you truly are.