Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Words of Wisdom

Running behind on my sitcom character piece, but in the interim a friend sent me this quote and I thought I'd share with everyone. - - J

Nobody tells this to people who are beginners.  I wish someone had told me.  All of us who do creative work, we get into it because we have good taste.  But there is this gap.  For the first couple of years you make stuff, it’s just not that good.  It’s trying to be good, it has potential, but it’s not.  But your taste, the thing that got you into the game, is still killer.  And your taste is why your work disappoints you.  A lot of people never get past this phase; they quit.  Most people I know who do interesting, creative work went through years of this.  We know our work doesn’t have this special thing that we want it to have.  We all go through this.  And if you are just starting out or you are still in this phase, you gotta know that it’s normal and the most important thing you can do is do a lot of work.  Put yourself on a deadline so that every week you finish one piece.  It’s only by going through a volume of work that you close that gap, and your work will be as good as your ambitions.  And I took longer to figure out how to do this than anyone I’ve ever met.  It’s gonna take a while.  It’s normal to take a while.  You just gotta fight your way through.  Ira Glass

1 comment:

  1. This is very inspiring! Thank you so much for sharing! This is exactly the type of thing I've been going through, and now I just work a normal job and try to find some time during the evening to work on art and keep developing myself as an aspiring artist. It's difficult I know, but just gotta keep challenging and pushing yourself. It won't take a few years, heck it will take many years.