We can all agree he was the coolest, right? Like so cool he released a weird new album, knowing it would be his last, just last week. Anyway, people will memorialize David Bowie much better than I can (Tilda Swinton’s speech at the V&A is amazing), but just know that this image was in the heroes section of my MySpace page back when MySpace was a thing and I was a young art kid myself. My heart is aching today.
I happened upon this animation of NPR’s Ira Glass sharing his advice on how to find success doing creative work and I found it terribly charming (I am still charmed by Ira Glass I know for some he has worn thin). His advice is not groundbreaking, but it needs to be remembered and embraced. The early work won’t be as good as you would like but if you keep at it, eventually your work will come closer to meeting your own expectation. I would wager to guess that every creative person has years worth of work that they find terribly embarrassing.
For insight into how some other creatives get all that work done you can check out Daily Rituals: How Artists Work in the library (call number NX165 .C87 2013).