I actually went to art school for experimental film/ video. Graduated in 1999. It was a strange time for all that stuff, everything was changing with digital etc. etc. Life happened pretty quick for me too. Married, had my daughter, bought a house….divorced…all by 25. Now I’m 36, remarried, with same daughter, stepson and 2 year old, bigger house, dayjob. Sometimes I feel like the path chose me rather than choosing it…but fuck all that. I am who I am and I’ll keep trying to keep my creative juices pumping when I can. Thats what this blog is for…to keep me motivated and just trying to get through a lot of work so I can find that “thing” that I want to do with all this nonsense….but I really appreciate all the support out there. It means a lot to a hack like me. - Jared
Nobody tells this to people who are beginners, I wish someone told me. 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, 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 its 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.