I came across this video on a photographers blog (thank you to The Youngrens) and thought it was worth sharing. It’s Ira Glass, from This American Life, talking about what it’s like starting out in a creative field. How you have really great ideas and taste, but then what you are creating might not be living up to that standard, and how it’s OKAY. He explains how all creatives go through this. When I look back at the work Drew & I created in our first years in college (I have a BA in art education & Drew has a BA in photography) I think it is not that great and not very well done, but we had the vision of what we wanted to create but what we were actually creating wasn’t living up to it. Ira Glass is letting you know that it’s okay and normal to not create great work at the beginning. You need to stick with it and keep working through it to get to the good stuff. The only thing that is going to improve your creative work is doing more creative work. The more you do, the better you’ll get.
Take a minute to watch the video and I hope it helps inspire you to keep working on your creative work and don’t give up.