25 May 2011

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, 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 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. Its gonna take a while. It’s normal to take a while. You just gotta fight your way through.
— Ira Glass (marry me) 


Factory Supervisor said...

It took me many years, and I have enjoyed mixed levels.. never anything great, but moments, flashes of interest.
The last being ... well, the last..
'Toward Light'
It is now interesting to look at the build up to that last work.
The last work, being, not the most interesting.. as the journey.

Now, I will just watch, and I will be demanding, my attention span.. well.. short boredom threshold..

I'm watching.. waiting.

wrenna said...

I think "what still remains" is great. "toward light" certainly had buildup to.. a modernist-inspired eye exam? It is wonderful to watch and wait with you. The journeys are fantastic.