The Gap- For My Creative People Out There
We get into creative work because we have good taste- but, for the first few years you’re making things it isn’t so good. You creative work to begin with isn’t too good- but your taste, your taste is still killer. You can tell that what you’re making is kind of a disappointment to you, because you have good taste. When people get to that point a lot of times they quit. But those who create amazing work- they had this stage for years where they had good taste and realized that their work was falling short of what was considered to be ‘great’ by themselves and others. Everyone goes through it. And if you’re going through it- do a lot of work. Get yourself out there and do a lot of work. Put yourself on a deadline. Finish something. You’ll close that gap and your work will be as good as your ambitions if you keep doing a lot of work. Fight your way through that.
My dad sent this to me. I am a writer and I can never seem to finish everything (shocking right?) You feel like: my work is never good enough, no one will ever think this is brilliant, I don’t even want to put it out there because I think I can do better, what if I am ridiculed, what if people discover my ‘art’ isn’t really art at all, what if it is actually shit, when will I master this skill, why can’t I seem to get it just right.
Right now- I am in the gap. Most people I know, they’re in that gap. It’s the gap of having potential and realizing what is “good work”. It’s knowing you aren’t as great as those other artists your study and worship, but knowing if you continue to pursue it, you could be. Right now I am trying to finish a novel. I am trying to get myself to accept what I am doing and to realize that I am good enough and that I can finish something. This video has really helped me and I try to watch it once a week now to remind me that I can achieve greatness in my art by continuing to get out there and to stay motivated. I hope it inspires you as well.