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Ira Glass on the Creative Process

By July 16, 2013June 6th, 2020No Comments

Your taste is why your work disappoints you.

Ira Glass

“Your taste is killer”

(I wrote this in 2013)

Every successful designer echoes the same line of advice – take risks! work hard! step out of your comfort zone!

After graduating from college, I’ve found myself stalling to start on a project due to the unavoidable fear of failing. The only way to make it through is to continue forward. To experiment with unfamiliar, to let go of the fear of breaking my own rules. To grow some…

This quote by Ira Glass is the bitter truth.

This blog’s purpose is to serve as a written & visual record of various things. Including but not limited to design, broken rules, personal projects, things I’ve learned, observation on art and design, and ironing out whatever issues I might come across.

When I need a creative boost this quote from Ira Glass re-ignited my passion. Maybe it’ll help someone else who feels like stalling:

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 of 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.

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.

– Ira Glass (Source: NPR interview)