Artix Krieger | Friday, February 8, 2019

Cringe /krinj' verb. To bend one's head and body in fear or in a servile manner.

As a creator of video games, videos, news posts, and also as someone who has appeared multiple times on national television... please let me share with you a deep secret. If you are a creative person, then you gotta put yourself out there. You gotta take risks. When you do, you will get attention. Some of it is going to be love and some will ALWAYS be hate.

For some reason, us creative types seem to zero-in on the hate like a heat seeking missile. If I got 99 positive comments and 1 negative one... all I would think about was the negative one. I used to get that bad feeling in my stomach when I would see people post the word "cringe". Like I did something wrong. It felt like an attack that I somehow needed to defend. Pffft. Nope. It is just attention. You need attention. You need the good and the bad attention.

Most people do not post to help you, nor to give you real feedback-- they post because THEY want attention. Being a critic is easy mode. Scroll down your Facebook, Twitter, Instagram feed and take a close look at how people respond to even the things they love. They are brutal. They do not think about the time, energy, and effort that goes into making something and putting it out there. Being a creator takes guts. I am posting this for you creative types out there who need to hear it... the more you do and the more attention you get, the more you will see the words "cringe. lulz. lame. etc". Embrace the attention... you need it. The comments that say cringe today are the best kind... because the same people may be the same ones posting, "Woah... way to go!" on your next one. Cringe On!


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