Best Advice for Beginner Creatives
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I came across this video a while back and it really hit me, so I thought I’d share it in hopes of encouraging other beginner creatives.
Ira Glass is a well-know radio personality and in this video he talks about how having good taste is the catalyst for creating great work as your career develops. Many of us, myself included, have been in the art industry for a couple of years and still blush when people call us artists. We’re still learning and developing our craft and although we know there’s talent behind our work, we don’t quite think we have “it”. It’s not a lack of confidence, but it’s a nagging voice in our ear that says, “you can do better.”
In this video, Ira talks about how it takes creatives years to perfect their craft and how you shouldn’t quit or let that uncertainty bring you down in the early years. The best advice he gives, is to keep doing volumes of work and eventually you’ll get to where you want to be.
“It’s only by actually going through a volume of work, that you’re actually going to catch up and close up that gap. And the work you do will be as good as your ambitions.” -Ira Glass
“You will be fierce, you will be a warrior and you will make things that aren’t as good as you know in your heart that you want them to be.” – Ira Glass
I encourage all young creatives to keep working and perfecting your craft. You’re doing what you’re doing because you love it and have good taste. Never stop learning, observing, and creating.
My favorite motto for graphic design is, “Make Something Every Day, Fail, Get Better.” And I do just that on a daily basis. Now get out there and make something! You’re an artist damnit.