"the architecture to our system is set up so that the people at the top know more. the goal is to hire as many cheap but talented people as possible, give them a rule book, and have them follow the instructions to the letter. go to a mcdonald’s. order a big mac. order a chocolate milk shake. drink half the milkshake. eat half the big mac. put the big mac into your milkshake and walk up to the counter. say, “i can’t drink this milkshake…there’s a big mac in it.” the person at the counter will give you a refund. why? because it’s easier to give her a rule than it is to hire people with good judgement. the rule is, “when in doubt, give a refund.” text excerpted from seth godin’s book “linchpin: are you indispensable?”
be an artist. solve interesting problems. be a leader. shake the system. and change the world.
Do different "moods" of music make you want to create different "moods" of work?
totally. take the music of interpol and i want to get dark and low key, with flames out of the chest. the music of XX and blonde redhead and it becomes sensual and sexual. the music of bjork and i see acrobatic micro organisms. the music of radiohead and i am sailing to the moon. the music of the black keys and i am standing in a greasy sweaty garage with dusty summer heat. and so forth. i guess, i take the lyrics quite literally. what they speak about helps me go to that world. whether i ever photograph those worlds or not is another question.
As a creative person myself I oftentimes find myself uninspired or 'stuck' and I don't know what to do when those times arise. I take pictures, I scrapbook, I do wood work stuff on canvas, etc. People say 'get out of your environment, check out the web..' but I find that doesn't help. I get frustrated, give up and do nothing. How have you been able to stay motivated and creative? How do you not compare your work to other people? How do you ever feel it is 'good enough' when art is so subjective?
great questions. ”How have you been able to stay motivated and creative?” to me, the inspirations come easily, naturally, they repeat their visits like a duck at a local pond. you’ll find that what inspires you continues to inspire you (your subject matter). take note of these repeated “duck visits”, write them down, make them concrete in your lists of fleeting inspirational ducks, and…..ACT ON THEM. thomas edison stated “genius is 1% inspiration, 99% perspiration.” everyone can be inspired. everyone can dream. everyone can create….it’s the 99% that gets difficult. what do i do to push through this? set goals. set limitations. confine and constrict myself to work within a box (so that i can explode the lid off the box.) we work best when we simplify. 3 note melodies instead of infinite notes. poems instead of novels. blow it open. ”How do you not compare your work to other people?” i can be inspired by and motivated by many. i have to compare in order to see my own progress and footprint. the key is to stay focused on your path, and feed your own energies into YOUR future, not get distracted about the other parallel paths that are being paved on the sides of you. want to get into a bad mood quickly? = do nothing but look at others work. "How do you ever feel it is ‘good enough’ when art is so subjective?" it boils down to who are you doing the art for? you (as you should be) or them? really, the roots of it. why are you creating what you are? to sell like thomas kinkade, or to pour your blood into the pigment like frida? of course you want your art to be a shared experience, but your motivation for your work should come from your heart and not what others may deem as “good enough”. again, i respond to your question with a question…when is it good enough for you?