I am a Loser and why bad art matters

I take comfort in making bad art as seen in this 2 part video. Most of the people we admire or a master of their craft, had a period of a self apprenticeship and put 10,000 hours of deliberate practice for their craft.

Somehow our culture has not told us or maybe technology has skewed our view about how quick success can be. Success is built overtime often unseen and unheard. Thankless often. That is why its takes grit to get through the difficult year or years.

There’s a great quote from Ira Glass (of This American Life) about the difficulty of getting good at anything , starting as a beginner:

“What nobody tells people who are beginners — and I really wish someone had told this to me . . . is that 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, and 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 it’s 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.”

The period where your taste outpaces your ability to produce it is a hard one. You know your goals but don’t quite know how to fulfill them. That’s why it’s easier to be a critic rather than an artist that makes stuff. Hope you don’t give up and continue to hone the craft of whatever you are doing you will reach that goal of mastery.

via No Film School