Laundry Day—018

018.


Listen.

I Need A Forest Fire (feat. Bon Iver)
song • James Blake

Places
song • Shlohmo

The Kitchen
song • Tow'rs

Eyes Wide
song • Meadowlark

Goodbye
song • Who Is Fancy

Never Be Like You (feat. Kai)
song • Flume

 

Read.

I heard this quote by Ira Glass (the host and producer of NPR's This American Life) on Branden Harvey's podcast this week. And I loved it.

Here's the thing–a little honesty hour for y'all: I feel like I've been stuck in this place of creating crap work–that no matter how hard I try, nothing I create meets my standards. But it's comforting to know that this feeling is part of the process and that it's worth pushing through it, even if it is an uncomfortable place to be in. So if you're a creator, I hope you find this as encouraging as I do!

 

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 it's 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.