"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 (host/prod of This American Life)

I needed this now.


jamie said...

Great find liz. very inspiring.

pax aeternum said...

interestingly enough, i can relate to this in regards to my photography. i think when i first started dabbling in photography, it was more of the creative side in me yearning for more exposures. but as i've been constantly working on improving my photos, i find it more & more difficult to pinpoint where exactly i want to go with my photography. ya know?

i'm not seer, and i can't tell what photography has in store for me, but i hope that it will be more than just a hobby.. that perhaps something will come of it. nonetheless, i wouldn't be able to tell you that i've accomplished anything, until i feel as though i have. which is at this point, not much! hahahaha

in regards to the cheese, i don't think i can finish it all, so maybe you guys can make a journey out to my hood and can indulge in the goodies. really though, i have a plethora of cheeses and salami!

merci pour les commentaires!