Make Good Art

This is so incredibly brilliant. I just watched it three times in a row and that number will double by the end of today. Neil Gaiman is an inspiration for anyone in any creative field, and this speech he gave to the 2012 University of the Arts graduating class is the speech I wish I had the pleasure of hearing on graduation day.

This is so incredibly brilliant. I just watched it three times in a row and that number will double by the end of today. Neil Gaiman is an inspiration for anyone in any creative field, and this speech he gave to the 2012 University of the Arts graduating class is the speech I wish I had the pleasure of hearing on graduation day.

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 a mutated boa constrictor? Make good art. IRS on your trail? Make good art. Cat exploded? Make good art. Someone on the internet thinks what you are doing is stupid or evil or it’s all been done before? Make good art. Probably things will work out somehow, eventually time will take the sting away, and that doesn’t even matter. Do what only you can do best. Make good art. Make it on the bad days, and make it on the good days too. 

You get work however you get work, but people keep working in a freelance world because their work is good, and because they are easy to get along with, and because they deliver their work on time. And you don’t even need all three. Two out of three is fine. People will tolerate how unpleasant you are if your work is good and you deliver it on time. People will forgive the lateness of your work if it’s good and they like you. And you don’t have to be as good as everyone else if you’re on time, and it’s always a pleasure to hear from you.