I get inspired being surrounded by creativity and finding ways to express my own, whether it’s at work or at home. It’s the reason we are all in this industry, right? We get excited to tackle a new project. To put pen to paper, ink to canvas, fabric to furniture, pick to string. Whatever it is, we are all in this business because we enjoy the process of creating something. Poetry, art, home improvement, music, advertising. But like everything, there is a learning curve and it often takes more than innate skill to achieve the quality of work we envision when we set out on a project.
When I came across this quote by Ira Glass, I said, “Yes! That’s exactly it!”
Nobody tell 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…
…You’ve just gotta fight your way through.
The part that really struck me was the idea that just because my skill hasn’t caught up, my vision is worth the pursuit. If the product isn’t up to par with your personal expectations, use that to find confidence in your vision.
For me, I love crafting and repurposing used furniture. My husband despises the mess I leave behind and the sub-par “art” I curate throughout the house. But with each project I learn more and I improve, and in time, our home will be an original masterpiece.
Ira Glass is an American public radio personality, and host and producer of the radio and television show, This American Life.
– Natalie Marmer, Senior Account Executive, gyro San Francisco