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failing in order to succeed

June 13, 2008 in Art as a professiontopics:,

There is a great video of Ira Glass of This American Life giving advice to people who want to create stories. He’s good some very down-to-earth advice that I think applies to all creative people and artists. One idea he stresses is that you need…  read more


telepathy and art

November 03, 2007 in Art as a professiontopics:, ,

In science fiction, whenever a character develops the ability to hear other people’s thoughts, they go through an intense struggle to control their gift. If their telepathy is left unchecked, outside thoughts constantly flood in from all around, and they get overwhelmed with all the…  read more


hungry for your art

What makes you hungry to make art? What conditions do you need to to be in to find enough fuel to fire your creativity? In his blog today, Wil Wheaton describes a friend of his who quit his well-paying job to start acting: …he said…  read more


the myth of the tortured artist

April 26, 2007 in Art as a professiontopics:, ,

Our culture holds onto a myth that artists need to be filled with grief, stress and turmoil in order to create great work. That work that made about depressing topics is “better” or more serious that work made by happy, well-adjusted artists. But I don’t…  read more


Support not critique

January 25, 2007 in Art as a professiontopics:

Seth Godin suggests that, when it comes to creativity, “the brave need supporters, not critics.” This made me think of my advisor in college. Steve pissed me off a lot. When I’d come to his office, confused over the direction of my concentration, he wouldn’t…  read more


Doubt and art

July 17, 2006 in Art as a professiontopics:

I read the most troubling statement on an online forum today. The question was posed “How do you know you are an artist?”, to which one person responded: If you wonder if you are an artist, then you must not be one. What a misleading…  read more


Creativity and Fear

A quote from Seth Godin: The enemy of creativity is fear… In the long run, the enemy of fear is creativity. I’m sure of it. I disagree. The relationship between the two is much more symbiotic. Fear is a natural part of creativity because the…  read more


Art and Patience

I love this quote from Art and Fear, a book by David Bayles and Ted Orland: The function of the overwhelming majority of your artwork is simply to teach you how to make the small fraction of your artwork that soars. I have a formula…  read more