Chris Campbell Posted November 18, 2011 Report Share Posted November 18, 2011 I wanted to share this great quote from Ira Glass of "This American Life" on NPR. I'm going to tape it to my studio wall ... it's permission to keep trying against all visible evidence! â€œNobody 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, itâ€™s just not that good. Itâ€™s trying to be good, it has potential, but itâ€™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 doesnâ€™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 Iâ€™ve ever met. Itâ€™s gonna take awhile. Itâ€™s normal to take awhile. Youâ€™ve just gotta fight your way through.â€ â€• Ira Glass Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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