Nobody tells this to people who are beginners, I wish someone told me.

Photo by Stewart Mullenberg

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.

Part one of this talk:

Ira Glass (via nefffy)

Seth Godin

You don’t become indispensable merely because you are different. But the only way to become indispensable is to be different. That’s because if you’re the same, so are plenty of other people.

Seth Godin

go tell a story. If it doesn’t resonate, tell a different one. When you find a story that works, live that story, make it true, authentic and subject to scrutiny.

My Philosophy For The Work I Shoot

  • Make the complex simple. If your mother doesn’t get it, your target audience probably won’t either. K.I.S.S. is the order of the day.
  • Work on meaningful projects that have a positive message and can effect positive change.
  • I enjoy my work. I strive to bring that to all in my life.
  • Lots of gear isn’t necessarily better for the most part. If more gear means the quality of the work suffers, it’s not better.  In most instances, Less Is More.
  • Under-promise and over-deliver. ‘nuff said.
  • Give back to the community.
  • Leave as little a carbon footprint as possible – whenever possible.