Monday, September 10, 2012
Last night, we went to see Ira Glass speak to a sold out show here in Portland. I have been a fan This American Life for a few years now. One summer, I worked as a gardener in Jackson, Wyoming. Every week I'd upload the most recent TAL to my Ipod. It was Ira's stories that helped me make it through the long, hot days in the dirt. I've been an avid listener ever since!
What nobody tells people who are beginners — and I really wish someone had told this to me . . . is that 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, and 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 it’s 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.