MAKE GOOD ART - amazing speech by Neil Gaiman

  • secondstartot...

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    Jan 07, 2014 11:52 AM GMT
    I make a point of watching this speech every couple of months ...Neil Gaiman is so wonderful and I am not alone in saying this is one of the best commencement speeches ever given...its is especially good for people in the arts but not limited to at all ! helps me get back on track remember that i have some dreams still and that I can do them...needed to watch it this morning you do too I imagine

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    Jan 07, 2014 5:04 PM GMT
    Fantastic speech. I can relate to every word he said. The part about the "mountain" was very familiar to me. I have had so many great job offers in my life and each time I had this little voice inside my head that asked me "is this moving you toward or away from your goal?" If the answer was "away", I declined the job or event.

    And the Stephen King quote is something I have to remind myself of constantly. Several years ago when I was a street artist, a wonderful thing happened. I had been feeling like the "fraud police" would be coming to get me at any moment. Working on the street and not having a "real job" was beginning to create a lot of shame in my life and was affecting my self esteem. Then this guy came up who was interested in my art. He sat down and talked to me for a while before leaving with a piece. When he told me he was an attorney in New York, I felt that shame again. He started looking around my set-up and then looked me dead in the eye and said "this is really what you do everyday isn't it?" He said it in absolute awe. He told me about how he has two homes and collects sports cars and basically told me he was filthy rich. He went on to say how miserable he was. His eyes welled up with tears and said he would give up everything he had to switch places with me. From then on I looked at what I did differently.

    And the making your own rules thing is huge too. I knew nothing about the art world, so I didn't know about any rules. I had people telling me that what I was doing would never work, but I followed my heart and did it anyway. Now I have people calling me up for interviews who want me to give advice on how to do things. Each time I'm absolutely stunned. Following your heart is so important and creating what your passionate about vital. I'm about to do something different in my art and had allowed that doubt to sneak in my mind, so I'm very glad you posted this as it got my thoughts back on track.
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    Jan 07, 2014 5:57 PM GMT
    @scruff
    oh I am so glad you liked it...you mention being a street artist....
    now up until a few years ago I didnt know that Neil had a wife ..not onloy does he have a wife but it turns out she is one my absolute favorite punk cabaret singers - I was such a fan of both of them independently and did not know they were married to each other
    now his wife gave the following speech at TED and she kind of mentions EXACTLY what you are talking about

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    Jan 07, 2014 6:26 PM GMT
    Wow. She's an absolutely beautiful soul. Can't say for certain, but I feel like I've worked alongside her at some point. I think it was either in Venice or maybe New Orleans.

    I've always felt art was spiritual and her talk seems to support that. I'm not a religious person but I do feel we're all connected somehow, and I think art is a great way to connect with other people we might normally never meet.