Neil Gaiman quotes that strike a cord in my life right now
I seem to be in one of those moods where all I can do is relate everything I see back to Neil Gaiman. So I’m going to stop resisting for the moment and write my third post in the history of this site on Neil Gaiman and his amazing commencement speech.
When things get though, this is what you should do, make good art.
When you start out in career in the Arts, you don’t know what you’re doing. This is great. People who know what they’re doing know the rules, and they know what is possible and what is impossible. You do not and you should not. The rules on what is possible and impossible in 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 it’s impossible, it’s easier to do. And because nobody’s done it before, they haven’t made up rules to stop anyone doing that particular thing again.
Sometimes the way to do what you hope to do will be clear cut, and sometimes it’ll be almost impossible to decide whether or not you’re doing the right thing because you’ll have to balance your goals and hopes with feeding yourself, paying debts, finding work, settling for what you can get.
I learned to write by writing.
A freelance life, life in the Arts, is sometimes like putting messages in bottles on a desert island and hoping someone will find it and open it. –
Life is sometimes hard. Things go wrong, in life and in love and in business and in friendship and in health and in all other ways that life can go wrong. And when things get tough, this is what you should do. Make good art.
Nothing I did where the only reason for doing it was the money was ever worth it. Except as bitter experience.
The rules, the assumptions, the now we’re supposed to of how you get your work seen and what you do then, they’re breaking down. The Gatekeepers are leaving their gates. You can be as creative as you need to be to get your work seen…. The old rules are crumbling, and nobody knows what the new rules are so make up your own rules.
This next one really hits me and I hope that I remember years down the line:
Let go and enjoy the ride because the ride takes you to some remarkable and unexpected places.
And this last one is one I need to learn:
And if you cannot be wise, pretend to be someone who is wise, and then just behave like they would.