Inside even the littlest of seeds we find the structure of an entire galaxy, writ with rules, order, and intention, waiting to grow. Not all seeds will do so, however. Most will simply decompose. It's kind of like the creative process, no?
Even on smaller productions, I can’t help but wonder about the paths that these diverse names took to find themselves digitally immortalized on screen.
If you care about what you create, every project you undertake has to have a standard of quality on which you can confidently put your name. If you cannot bear to have your name on a creative work, you shouldn't take the gig.
There’s no such thing as a meaningless job if you’re doing something germane to a collective effort.
The newest techniques, technologies, trends, and styles in any discipline are not necessarily as important as really thinking about the point of what you’re doing in the first place.
To realize that something seemingly ordinary might have embedded notes for something extraordinary, you have to pay attention.
For creative people, the pressures of life are all about finding enough time and resources to create. For other people, the goal is often reversed. For many people the pursuit is often about creating enough time and resources so that they don’t have to work in their free time.
When we respectfully engage those who philosophically challenge us or even provoke anger, we open the potential for new understanding and a wider middle ground. Perhaps that’s the most profound value of a creative life in the first place.
The creative process is one of figuring something out that has little to do with gaining popularity. Politics, conversely, is all about popularity. Politics is about getting enough people to like you so that you can do things to perpetuate the trend of people liking you. Creativity is about solving problems.
Panic’s horrible grip may be one moment away from the abyss. There’s no pretending otherwise, and there’s nothing pleasurable about it. But if you survive, remember the feeling. Someday that recollection may be the best way for you to differentiate what’s simply hard from what’s genuinely mortal.