It’s not easy to make art. It’s not easy to put yourself out there for judgment. It’s not easy to wonder if you’re any good. What does come easy is the crushing doubt that we experience ALL THE TIME. But, you’re not alone.
This video is an animation based on an excerpt from a speech that Ira Glass wrote. It begins with, “nobody tells this to people who are beginners, I wish someone told me…”
I really wish someone had told me. And now they have…
Watch the animated video and see the full quotation below.
“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 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 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. 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.”
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