The Fraud Police are this imaginary, terrifying force of experts and real grown-ups who don’t exist and who come knocking on your door at 3 AM when you least expect it, saying, “Fraud Police. We’ve been watching you and we have evidence that you have no idea what you are doing, and you stand accused of the crime of completely making shit up as you go along. You do not actually deserve your job, and we’re taking everything away, and we’re telling everybody.” And people working in the arts, especially, have to combat the inner fraud police on a daily basis.
From her commencement address to the New England Institute of Arts Class of 2011. Thanks to superkate for the raw transcript.