Thursday, November 29, 2012

Advice For Artists and Other Creatives

"When you start out on a career in the arts, you have no idea what your doing. This is great. People who know what they are doing, know the rules. They know what is possible and what is impossible. You do not and you should not. Rules about what is possible and impossible in the arts were made by people who had not tested the bounds of the possible by going beyond them and you can. If you don't know its impossible, its easier to do and because nobody has done it before they haven't made up rules to stop anyone doing that particular thing again." 
-Neil Gaiman
People cannot tell you something is impossible without direct experience. How can they know? Have they made the attempt and failed? If that is so, I admire their bravery and courage in making the attempt. Although, this is not enough experience to declare that you can't do something. To know what you are capable of, it would help if I was you. However even this wouldn't be enough, because even you don't know what you can achieve. You know of your past, but it does not reveal everything. There is a beautiful grey area of not knowing your own limitations. This lack of knowledge can cause people to fear they may fail. Instead, it should be an opportunity to try everything. Sometimes you will fail and sometimes you will not. Why not do what you love? You may fail and people may laugh, but it's an opportunity to be true to yourself. Sometimes you need to do what feels right for you, because in doing so you give the world all that you are. If you compromise, then you never fully connect to the world around you, instead you give only what you believe the world wants. You don't know the world or yourself, well enough to make that judgment.

Neil Gaiman Speech 
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