Friday, May 13, 2011

Ira Glass on creativity

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Recently, while visiting Ellie Snow's design blog, Mint, I was drawn in by the big photo of Ira Glass that Ellie featured. Who doesn't love Ira glass and the ever fascinating projects he voices and brings to life?

I like what he has to say about being disappointed with our creative work, in the early years. I suppose there are myriad reasons for disappointment with our own creativity, but this works for me...

"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 via Fresh Air, as seen on Mint.

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