Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Day 13 & Ira Glass

Today's Prompt:

What article or book changed your outlook on an issue or life?

Charcoal pencil sketch of iterations
sorry the drawings have been lackluster the last couple of days, I have a big test tomorrow, more time will be spent on them soon

That's funny, my friend just posted this article, covering the 30 things you need to stop doing to yourself, on her facebook yesterday.  And, while I'm not guilty of all of those things, I'm certainly guilty of a few and I need to work on that.

There was also an Ira Glass quote floating around the internet a while back that really spoke to me and has invigorated me, creatively speaking.  In fact, it's sort of been an impetus behind my daily projects.  I'm just trying to create more and often, knowing that my skill level will eventually match what I am envisioning and what I know to be good.

“Nobody tells this to people who are beginners, I wish someone 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 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 its 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 will finish one story. It is only by going through a volume of work that you will 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 awhile. It’s normal to take awhile. You’ve just gotta fight your way through.” 
― Ira Glass

1 comment:

Nikkiana said...

I love that Ira Glass quote.