brando-calrissian asked: As a creative person I'm finding it difficult dealing with the ins and outs of my regular job while trying to still fulfill myself and my passions. I've hit a road block this week teetering on self doubt and just trying to work through this. Any advice you may have as you are my creative guru would help me out tremendously. Thanks bmb.
my philosophy is you make your creative life as important as eating and sleeping. and I know some people think it’s easy for me to say because I make a living but some of you know I did this for YEARS, over a decade, without making one damn dime.
just decide that your lifestyle involves creative output. and any frustration you have about that should make it into your work. your frustration shall not fill you with self-doubt it shall fill you with something to write or paint or draw about
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.
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