October 1, 2011

Motivation for All Creatives

A quote from writer/radio host/TV producer Ira Glass. And now with real audio/text:

And if the image doesn't look right for some reason:

Nobody tells this to people who are beginners, I wish someone told me. 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 years you make stuff, 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 its 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.

[via Augusto Ledesma; thanks Alex]

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Thank you so much for posting this Koo this really inspired me and it is very true you have to start from the bottom and make your way up no matter how hard it may be you have to give 100% to it thank you.

October 1, 2011 at 4:41PM, Edited September 4, 10:54AM

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Too true.

October 1, 2011 at 4:58PM, Edited September 4, 10:54AM

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Monty

I'm living THAT, it's awful, but this words are great and I thank you for posting this Koo.

October 1, 2011 at 5:10PM, Edited September 4, 10:54AM

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maghoxfr

Such a great motivation! So many individuals believe that people that are successful are born that way. I think it takes years of ups and downs to get to where you want to be in life. The most important thing is knowing to never give up and that the only thing that stands between you and your dreams is yourself. Thanks again Koo!

October 1, 2011 at 6:55PM, Edited September 4, 10:54AM

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Love this. LOVE THIS.

October 1, 2011 at 10:45PM, Edited September 4, 10:54AM

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love this quote!

October 1, 2011 at 11:38PM, Edited September 4, 10:54AM

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10,000 hours is a lot of hours. lets get to work everybody!

October 2, 2011 at 12:17AM, Edited September 4, 10:54AM

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DV

so true. this is just what i needed to read right now

October 2, 2011 at 12:42AM, Edited September 4, 10:54AM

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taz

Funny, I found this same exact message yesterday!

October 2, 2011 at 2:06AM, Edited September 4, 10:54AM

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Putt

Such an awesome quote. There's a great video of it here, with the audio from the interview -

http://vimeo.com/24715531

October 2, 2011 at 2:14AM, Edited September 4, 10:54AM

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Thanks Koo.
Here's the original video interview with Ira:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BI23U7U2aUY&feature=relmfu

October 2, 2011 at 6:07AM, Edited September 4, 10:54AM

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very, very good

October 2, 2011 at 2:03PM, Edited September 4, 10:54AM

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Thank you for posting this, Koo. What Ira Glass said is so true.

Hey, that rhymes.

But anywho, thank you.

I'm sharing this with everyone!

October 2, 2011 at 5:30PM, Edited September 4, 10:54AM

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Great quote ... really hitting home as I wrap up my first doc. Found this quote today which is in the same vein and thought that I'd share it.

Just as the bird sings or the butterfly soars, because it is his natural characteristic, so the artist works.
—Alma Gluck

October 3, 2011 at 3:33AM, Edited September 4, 10:54AM

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I think this is the best film making advice I have ever heard. And I was just about to give up too. Thank you so much

October 3, 2011 at 3:37AM, Edited September 4, 10:54AM

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Cyril

great post... thanks man!

October 3, 2011 at 10:25AM, Edited September 4, 10:54AM

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Sam

Really, really helpful...thank you, sir!

October 4, 2011 at 3:04PM, Edited September 4, 10:54AM

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This was a perfect time for me to stumble upon this quote because I needed to hear something like this! Koo's DSLR Guide inspired me to start (or attempt to start) a freelance career. I bought a camera and some other stuff, started a site, and have been trying to make things happen - and make some sort of return on my investment! Creative and experimental video is my forte. Can anyone recommend editing software besides Premiere? I have been playing around with AE, but I was wondering if there was something more intuitive.

October 5, 2011 at 9:59AM, Edited September 4, 10:54AM

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I'm not an expert yet, but the Sony Vegas Pro series is just as solid as Premiere. I personally prefer Vegas over all editing software. Hope this helps!

October 11, 2011 at 2:28PM, Edited September 4, 10:54AM

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I shot my first short film/music video on Sunday (and after the euphoria of seeing the footage, wide eyed and grinning, on my big screen plasma) I started editing on Monday. Needless to say, when the excitement wears off and you're left wondering how are you going to piece everything together, you start recognizing all the mistakes you made during the shoot. Funny how quickly you can get discouraged. This quote has been keeping me focused throughout the edit this week.

Thank you.

October 6, 2011 at 12:14PM, Edited September 4, 10:54AM

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Ryan CGP said it -" So many individuals believe that people that are successful are born that way. I think it takes years of ups and downs to get to where you want to be in life. The most important thing is knowing to never give up and that the only thing that stands between you and your dreams is yourself." In my life it's Imagination, courage and stamina, dam it stamina. You young fella's have it easy, you have networking, and Koo

October 6, 2011 at 5:20PM, Edited September 4, 10:54AM

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Bob Greer

Awesome!! Thank You.

October 6, 2011 at 11:05PM, Edited September 4, 10:54AM

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Virginie

Thank you Thank you Thank you, Thought , boy this tuff, but this is the perfect post for those with doubts

October 7, 2011 at 1:14AM, Edited September 4, 10:54AM

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When I saw the post title this clip jumped immediately to mind!

October 7, 2011 at 9:54AM, Edited September 4, 10:54AM

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Chris

Great motionography!

October 7, 2011 at 3:01PM, Edited September 4, 10:54AM

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Great stuff by Ira. Thanks for the post!

October 8, 2011 at 5:26PM, Edited September 4, 10:54AM

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Ira, 2 words Kicks Ass. Stay fresh...Thank you

October 13, 2011 at 12:34PM, Edited September 4, 10:54AM

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krazybobby

Thanks for posting this. This is just what I needed to hear, fits me to a tee. I'm just starting out as a filmmaker and thinking, I know what I want to see but nothing I shoot looks as good.

October 20, 2011 at 1:34PM, Edited September 4, 10:54AM

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pinkybo

Hey,

I kinda like your post. Keep working harder bodi.

October 22, 2011 at 6:56PM, Edited September 4, 10:54AM

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