The Creative Gap

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I came across a picture on Instagram quoting Ira Glass on his advice to beginning creatives, and I seriously related to every single word.  As an artist, you have this vision for yourself and get frustrated when your execution does not amount to your vision.  It’s the “creative gap.”  The gap that only closes by practice and pushing out lots of work.  There have been so many videos that I have edited where, in my mind it always looks better than what I push out on my computer.  It is something so annoying and almost discouraging.  However, you have to see past that.  You have to remember your vision and that with time and work, you will CLOSE that gap.

Check out Ira Glass’ advice in this video below!

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 its 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. – Ira Glass

Written by Angel Alzona

Angel Alzona is the co-founder of Art Room Collective. She is also the director of social media for Keyes Auto Group and a field producer for the Emmys.