In the 1980s, if you wanted to be a television star, you had to find an agent, beg someone for an audition, try out and get cast in a show that someone else probably wrote. Executives at CBS, ABC and NBC had total control over what other Americans could choose to watch.
Today, if you want to be a television star, you pull out your iPhone and shoot a video which you can post online within minutes for anyone around the world to see.
In the 1980s, if you wanted to be a novelist, you had to submit your manuscript to literary agents and pray that they took you on as a client. Then the agent had to shop your book around to the various publishing houses where editors had final say on whether or not your book ever reached the buying public.
Today, if you want to be a novelist, you can sit down at your computer writing whatever you want. You can upload your manuscript to Amazon and publish a copy of your book, one at a time, whenever someone wishes to buy it.
In the 1980s, if you wanted your own radio show, you had to work your way up through the ranks starting with the 2 am shift on a crappy AM station in Peoria, Illinois. You had to pay your dues, spin those records or track down those guests and hope that you could move to a better market.
Today, if you want to broadcast a show, you simply need a microphone and some recording and editing software and you can create a podcast to discuss the issues of your choosing.
The point is this. The gatekeepers have gone away. Your platform awaits.
When will we hear your voice? We need it – now, more than ever.