The Gap: animation of Ira Glass's inspirational rant about overcoming fear of creative suckage

Robbo writes, "Daniel Frohlocke has made a wonderful short film based on David Shiyang Lius' interview with Ira Glass, where the gap between one's taste and one's skills is observed and examined. It's a lovely visual representation of the gnawing conundrum that eats at the heart of every artist."

THE GAP by Ira Glass (Thanks, Robbo)

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  1. Somewhat ironic that the people who can have the easiest time continuing to create actually lack the taste to know how bad they are and consequently don't actually get any better. I wish the idea would die, that doing a lot of something (10,000 hours or a million words or whatever) lets you get better. It doesn't. It's dispassionate criticism of what you've done that guides your improvement. If you do nothing but make shoddy dovetail joints for ten years and never ask why your furniture keeps falling apart, you're not going to get better.

    And you can trust me on this. I have written ten million words of crap in random thread comments, so I know what I'm talking about.

    Oh, I should add, I actually love that video and would marry Ira Glass, but his crazy dog, and wife, rule that out.

  2. The comedian Tommy Cooper apparently had very little idea why people found him so funny. He couldn't pin down what it was that would make people laugh, so he used to try ideas out and polish them based on audience feed back. It must be a very stressful experience, like surfing a wave of blazing tigers.

  3. I was going to write a witty, insightful comment about this video, but I realized that I could never be as profound as I would hope to be.

  4. For me after passing this phase, the creation of art has gotten even more difficult. There is not quite the same joy of discovery and newness. Trying to improve my work at this point or at least keep it at the same level has been stressful and has caused many days/months of painters block. Keeping up with external expectations as well as internal. It is hard to describe....

  5. Respectfully, I think it's just as bad to completely rule it out (as much as it is to say it's the only way).
    I think the point many people miss about the 10,000 hour rule is that it's not just the time you put in, but the considerable amount of time spent trying to improve on one's past efforts.

    ==thinking about paraphrasing the quote about doing the exact same thing over and over==

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