“One of the things that any artist is working with is other art. You think about filmmakers, for example, and they all start out as film fans. You have Martin Scorsese as a kid going to double features every day and absorbing all of the world in that way, and then thinking about Quentin Tarantino in the video store,” Scott said. “In the simplest way that you see something or you hear something, and you start thinking, ‘How did they do that? Could I do that? Could I do it better? How would I do it differently?’ All of what we identify as aspects of the creative process, the absorption of influence, the learning and discarding of rules, the workshop discipline of figuring out what works and what doesn’t and how—all of that is criticism.”
Most human effort results in mediocrity, it’s just the tragic fact of the human condition. The question is, though, how mad are you gonna get about that?
The Wesleyan Argus | A.O. Scott Defends the Art of Criticism
On the “velvet rut”:
It’s real, and it’s easy to get stuck in it. You start to think, “I’ve got my breakfast tacos, my sunshine, my BBQ, and my food trucks. I’m just going to sit here and do my thing.”
The Great Discontent: Austin Kleon
The Risks Worth Taking – Austin Kleon.
Believe me, when I quit my day job almost two years ago, it was not an act of bravery, and if it was a risk, it was an extremely calculated one.
Tyler and the Clancys’ 4 Strike management group recently started a new creative agency called Camp Flog Gnaw, which aims to lend Tyler’s brain to companies that want to engage the youth demographic. The first fruit of the new enterprise is a partnership with Mountain Dew, for whom Tyler has directed four left-of-center TV commercials starring a talking goat named Felicia. “The agency is a way to stay true to Tyler and not do endorsements, but to allow companies to use his creative energy,” Clancy says. “There’s a demographic out there that corporate America has lost, but Tyler has managed to build a brand around it.”
This strikes me as a bit more savvy and way more interesting than becoming creative director of Blackberry or Intel or something…
Tyler, the Creator Talks Directing Movies, Being Rejected by Justin Bieber | Billboard
There are few overnight successes and many up-all-night successes.
Creative People Say No — Thoughts on creativity — Medium
Steps for Managing Your Stories
- Lower your standards.
- Get something down.
- Swallow the bile that rises in your throat when you write a first draft.
- Print out early.
- Read aloud.
- Apply very critical standards.
Nieman Reports | ‘Writing is all about rewriting, which means you’ve got to get something down.’