Friday, February 17, 2012


trust me when I tell you-people, that if you are a CREATOR whether you're a visual artist, dancer, poet or a writer(the original audience that's being addressed) what this man Ira Glass, has to say is solid gold. He's saying stuff I've reported on for years, but says it so much better. It's about overcoming inertia in your art, and coming to grips with that period in your journey where you are absolutely terrible doing the thing you so desire to do. Enough talk from me, please watch the broadcast and be inspired.

Ira Glass on Storytelling from David Shiyang Liu on Vimeo.


adebanji said...


Thomas said...

This advice was given many years prior--though less aphoristically--by author Ray Bradbury, who after writing thousands of pages finally wrote "The Velt" and knew that he had finally crafted something worth reading.

Personally, when instructing students, I always point out that the first 10,000 drawings are always the hardest.

Elgin Subwaysurfer Bolling said...

This is a principle that needs to be constantly re affirmed and hammered into the minds of people if this "get it quick, high speed Internet, microwave generation". It applies to whatever discipline you're involved in. As a novice in the martial arts the instructors and older classmates modeled for us techniques, postures and positions that we were to reach for, and imitate, using what I call the "monkey see, monkey do method"

Initially you ALWAYS do what you're trying to do badly, even with a live model in front of you, and a perfect image in your head.

We were encouraged to push through this stage f incompetence and awkwardness in our attempt to master the material.

Many, because of ego, and unrealistic expectations, get discouraged, angry and leave.

But those who remain and press on, not only achieve mastery, but exceed their own expectations.

This is the cycle of learning.