Every successful creative person creates with an audience of one in mind. That’s the secret of artistic unity. Anybody can achieve it, if he or she will make something with only one person in mind.”
Letter from Sol Lewitt to Eva Hesse, April 14, 1965
Hesse had written to her friend Lewitt about being blocked. My favorite parts from what Lewitt wrote back:
Try and tickle something inside you, your “weird humor.” You belong in the most secret part of you. Don’t worry about cool, make your own uncool. Make your own, your own world… You must practice being stupid, dumb, unthinking, empty. Then you will be able to DO…
Try to do some BAD work—the worst you can think of and see what happens but mainly relax and let everything go to hell—you are not responsible for the world—you are only responsible for your work—so DO IT.
In other words: MAKE BAD ART.
You can read the whole letter in this PDF.
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I think the most important thing is just to do what you want to do. A lot of times you get derailed from making movies when you are trying to support yourself or you’re not doing the things you want to do with your day.
When I was in New York and I couldn’t support myself doing exactly what I wanted to do, I moved. I went somewhere where I could squat till I could figure out how to make what I wanted to make.
[On prioritizing] If you have to do something you don’t want to do all day long, you won’t have the emotional energy to create stuff.
— Benh Zeitlin, Director, Beasts of the Southern Wild
I think you could [inarguably] take out the word “movies” and insert any other creative endeavor, and this would still be 100% accurate and applicable.
Excerpt from Oscar-Nominated Director Benh Zeitlin on Not Waiting For Permission on @99u
Innovative companies view design as a competitive advantage and invest accordingly.”
Don’t try to be original, just try to be good.
- Paul Rand
I think this is a great place to take a stand and say you don’t need to be in Silicon Valley (or a “startup hub”) in order to raise money for your startup or be successful.
From her February 2011 New York talk, Debbie Millman’s:
The Top 10 Things I Wish I Knew When I Graduated College
01. design talent is equivalent to operational excellence.
02. design is not about design.
03. there are two things that are not really about what we think they’re about: money and sex.
04. ideas are easy. strategy is much harder.
05. know what you are talking about.
06. common vocabulary does not equate to common behavior.
07. relentlessly prepare.
08. be aware of artificial harmony.
09. seek out criticism.
10. you need to know how to present.