Do you want to do creative things in your life? Do you want to write, paint, draw, make music? Do you want to know the Big Number One A-Plus Secret Technique that will make all your dreams come true? I can give that to you:
Do the damned work.
Just… write / draw / play. That’s it. Do the work and, when it sucks, do more work. Writing, for example, is at least 90% failure. That’s how you learn. There is no magic montage that swims you forward. If you want to gain a serious skill you have to be ready to pay a serious price.
If you don’t do the work – the work will not get done.
Ever. No matter what. You have to put in the time and then put in more time and it sucks some nights and you just keep pushing because this is what you want. If you want to get into a creative thing seriously because you think it is some kind of short-cut or easy times – well you’re so wrong I almost feel bad for you.
You’ll never feel ready, you’ll never get over the fear, you’ll always find excuses to put it off – this holds for everyone! That’s ok. You do the work anyway and you get better and you’ll grow.
But still! You want to know what it is really like. What working in creative fields really feels like, day after night after day? Fine.
Imagine taking the thing you love so dearly you want to tell people about it endlessly. And then taking that thing, nightly, and wring its neck until it dies before you, its eyes pleading for mercy even as it shits itself in fear and death.
You will do that every single night.
If you can do that and still love that thing, regardless of how you have to treat it and how it treats you, because let’s be honest the little fucker was asking for it, then hey good news!
You can maybe have a career in the arts.