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Thursday, 7 December 2017

4 Inspiring Speeches For Creatives

Sometimes making art is beautiful and wonderful and fulfilling. Other times it feels pointless and confusing. You can start to lose grasp of why you ever started or feel so overwhelmed with fear that you can't share what you've finished. These four speeches ignite a spark of inspiration whenever I feel completely lost and make me think more deeply about what it means to create things. I hope they can also be helpful to you in those moments that you feel unsure of yourself.  

1 // Brene Brown - Why Your Critics Aren't The Ones Who Count

'If you're not in the arena also getting your ass kicked, I'm not interested in your opinion'

I love watching Brene speak. She's such a breath of fresh air and often incredibly funny. She never comes across preachy and just feels so authentic and relatable. In this talk, she addresses an audience of creatives specifically. She discusses the fear of creating what your heart is telling you to and what lies on the other side of that fear. She also talks about the power we give to those viewing our work and our ability to redistribute that power balance however we please.

2 // Neil Gaiman - Make Good Art

'When you start out on a career in the arts, you have no idea what you're doing. This is great. People who know what they're doing know the rules and they know what is possible and what is impossible. You do not'.

Neil Gaiman gave this speech to the Philadelphia University of Arts graduating class of 2012 and it's obviously suitably inspiring. He talks about the importance of authenticity in artwork and reminds us to enjoy the creating and the making, instead of anxiously awaiting the cheque or accolade. This speech makes me feel excited and liberated and warm and fuzzy. I can imagine this would be the perfect thing to watch in the morning and get you completely pumped for your day. If you're going to watch just one of these speeches, make it this one. 

3 // Elizabeth Gilbert - Success, failure and the drive to keep creating

'I loved writing more than I hated failing at writing. Which is to say, I loved writing more than I loved my own ego' 

In a similar vein to Neil Gaiman, Elizabeth Gilbert talks about the insignificance of outcome and the importance of the creative process itself. She reminds us of why it is we create in the first place and encourages us to hold on to that feeling.

4 // Adam Savage - Sarah Lawrence Commencement Speech 

'Raymond Chandler didn't write a single word of any consequence until his 40s. Julia Child learned to cook at 40! Clint Eastwood directed his first film at 41. Don't be afraid to be a later bloomer. Repeatedly.' 

In Adam Savage's 2012 commencement speech at Sarah Lawrence he touches on a number of things. The importance of staying obsessed. The joy of reinvention. The significance of kindness. A number of lessons rather than a single focus, it gives you a few gentle reminders to ease those feelings of self doubt.

Do you have any favourite speeches? If so, please let me know!


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