Wednesday, 11 September 2013

"Make Good Art"

Every time I need some encouragement or motivation, I use to re-read Neil Gaiman's 2012 commencement address at the University of the Arts of Philadelphia (US) which is, in my humble opinion, absolutely brilliant.

I love every word of it, but especially the following extracts:

"People who know what they are doing know the rules, and know what is possible and impossible. You do not. And you should not. The rules on 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.

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"Life is sometimes hard. Things go wrong, in life and in love and in business and in friendship and in health and in all the other ways that life can go wrong. And when things get tough, this is what you should do.


Make good art.


I'm serious. Husband runs off with a politician? Make good art. Leg crushed and then eaten by mutated boa constrictor? Make good art. IRS on your trail? Make good art. Cat exploded? Make good art. Somebody on the Internet thinks what you do is stupid or evil or it's all been done before? Make good art. Probably things will work out somehow, and eventually time will take the sting away, but that doesn't matter. Do what only you do best. Make good art.


Make it on the good days too."



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