Pursuing your unique creativity

Neil Gaiman addresses the Philadelphia University of the Arts graduating class of 2012:


The things I did because I was excited and wanted to see them exist in reality have never let me down and I have never regretted the time I have spent on any of them.

I hope you’ll make mistakes. If you make mistakes it means that you’re out there doing something. And the mistakes in themselves can be very useful.

Make good art. Do what only you can do best. Make good art. Make it on the bad days, make it on the good days, too.

Make your art. Do the stuff that only you can do.

It’s easy to get work. But people who KEEP work in a freelance world – and more and more it is freelance – it’s because their work is good and because they’re easy to get along with and because they deliver the work on time. And you don’t even need all three. Two out of three is fine. People will tolerate how unpleasant you are if your work is good and you deliver on time. People will forgive the lateness of the work if it’s good and they like you, and you don’t have to be as good as everyone else if you’re on time and it’s always a pleasure to hear from you.

This is really great. You should enjoy it.

So many good gems in there.

… with some good comments in there about changes underway in distribution channels.

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