May 6, 2011

Who doesn't love Ira Glass?

I know I do. I also love this thing he said:
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.
— Ira Glass


Emilee said...

What I love most about Ira Glass is that you think, when you see his picture and listen to his voice every week, that he's going to be mostly hip in a post-nerdy sort of way. But then you see him on videos or on that live TAL, and you realize that really, he's mostly just nerdy. And that's better.

shayna said...

Just what I needed to read today. I love Ira.

momacita said...

Who is Ira Glass and what has he written?

olivia said...

i was just going to comment once because otherwise you might think i'm creepy when i hardly know you, but this is top dollar and i'm going to frame it or something.

glad i saw it here first.