THE GAP by Ira Glass from frohlocke on Vimeo.
Photographer and visual storyteller Daniel Sax has adapted Ira Glass’s timeless wisdom in this amazing short film. He says he made it for himself, and for anyone who is in doubt about their creative career. We’ve all been there. We’ve all been disappointed about the gap between our tastes and our skills. I know I’ve improved a lot over the years, but there are a lot of times when I get so frustrated that my skills are nowhere near where I want them to be.
Ira Glass tells us to never give up:
Nobody tells people who are beginners — and I really wish somebody had told this to me — is that all of us who do creative work … we get into it because we have good taste. But it’s like there’s a gap, that for the first couple years that you’re making stuff, what you’re making isn’t so good, OK? It’s not that great. It’s really not that great. It’s trying to be good, it has ambition to be good, but it’s not quite that good. But your taste — the thing that got you into the game — your taste is still killer, and your taste is good enough that you can tell that what you’re making is kind of a disappointment to you, you know what I mean?
A lot of people never get past that phase. A lot of people at that point, they quit. And the thing I would just like say to you with all my heart is that most everybody I know who does interesting creative work, they went through a phase of yearswhere they had really good taste and they could tell what they were making wasn’t as good as they wanted it to be — they knew it fell short, it didn’t have the special thing that we wanted it to have.
And the thing I would say to you is everybody goes through that. And for you to go through it, if you’re going through it right now, if you’re just getting out of that phase — you gotta know it’s totally normal.
And the most important possible thing you can do is do a lot of work — do a huge volume of work. Put yourself on a deadline so that every week, or every month, you know you’re going to finish one story. Because it’s only by actually going through a volume of work that you are actually going to catch up and close that gap. And the work you’re making will be as good as your ambitions. It takes a while, it’s gonna take you a while — it’s normal to take a while. And you just have to fight your way through that, okay?
Thanks for sharing this. PERFECT TIMING!!! I am currently working through my e-course and I exactly having doubts in my creative career as in right now! And here you go, saw your post in Make It Blissful Bloggers group, it felt like, BAM! Been getting lots of messages from the Universe and yours is one of those. Thank you!
I’m so glad it resonated with you as well! It made such an impact on me when I saw the video that I just had to share it.
I love how the story was visualized! Galing! Thanks for sharing!!!
Beautiful, isn’t it? Some people are so creative! 🙂