You have to know, constantly, that the narrative of your life and the way you express yourself aren't simply cardboard pretenses to avoid the risk of really examining yourself. You have to earn every cliché, turn over every rock, and you have to know when to drop your shit and run. You have to fight for everybody else's approval while remembering always that, as an end goal, that's just slow unicorn suicide. You have to remember always that money is no kind of a trade for your soul, and you have to remember to eat regularly and get some sleep and keep making money. You have to starve, sometimes, to make sure your unicorn's getting fed.
Good luck to all the hookers and congrats on the visibility; thanks to Kara and Jewel for being so consistently inspiring. And to Keith Naftaly, we wish a hearty goodnight.
JACOB CLIFTON is a freelance writer and critic based in Austin, Texas. He currently recaps True Blood, Gossip Girl, Pretty Little Liars, and Desperate Housewives for TWoP. Jacob can be found online at jacobclifton.com, on Twitter, and on Facebook. IRL work appears in BenBella's SmartPop series of anthologies, most recently A Friday Night Lights Companion.