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Ask Jules: I want to be a content creator. Nobody takes me seriously.

Hi Jules: How do you deal with friends or family who don’t understand the appeal of being a content creator? I’m in the Midwest and my group of friends don’t participate in online culture at all – just sports and Netflix. I’m trying to become a full-time designer, and they talk to me like I’m just trying to get famous at all costs. Is it just part of growing up and moving on to the next chapter of my life?

Carpet: For younger generations, internet careers are seen as a growing part of the economy. For older generations, internet careers tend to remain ostracized because their cultural use of social media platforms is simply different.

That being said, your family probably wants the best for you.

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On the other hand, your friends have different interests, which is good. Because they consume other types of media, they may not understand the myriad ways someone can appear as a creator online. Yes, many are artists, but many are also educators, journalists, etc.

My question is, do you know what type of creator you want to be?

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Just saying you want to be a YouTuber, TikToker, Podcaster or whatever doesn’t say much. If you can’t dig deep and present a concrete vision of the value you want to bring to the internet, I understand why your friends and family would view your desire as a glorification.

If you haven’t found what drives you, prioritize using your time online as a way to spark curiosity and exploration to find out. A wide range of traditional career titles can still be applied to many creators today – whether artists, researchers, real estate agents, financial advisers, etc. – they only digitize their course.

If or when you find this thing, don’t view being a creator as a whole or as a means to an end. Think of being a creator as a way to make connections that will eventually lead you into your ideal spaces and industries. If it ends up being a full-time creator, well, great.

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In the meantime, bring yourself to compromise with your friends and family by having a part-time or full-time job that supports you financially while you build your content portfolio on the side. Prove that there is a demand for what you create and that it leads to a viable financial opportunity.

If your friends and family are still judgmental after you realize these things, you’re just becoming yourself.

Your loved ones tend to assume that they understand all sides of you, but in reality, the only person who truly understands is you. Some relationships are best compartmentalized to where they best suit your life. Luckily, the internet is sure to help you make new connections and new friends on this path.

As long as you prove to yourself the viability of this decision, you don’t need approval.