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This is a fantastic speech by Neil Gaiman, addressing the 2012 graduating class of the University of the Arts in Philadelphia. Gaiman himself never graduated from college—in fact, he never even enrolled in college—yet he earned his place in literary culture as one of the most celebrated and prolific writers working today. Here, he imparts several pieces of life wisdom on young people beginning a career in the arts.
- Say “no” to projects that take you further from rather than closer to your own creative goals, however flattering or lucrative.
- Approach your creative labor with joy, or else it becomes work.
- Embrace your fear of failure. Make peace with the impostor syndrome that comes with success. Don’t be afraid of being wrong.
- When things get tough, make good art.
Also highly relevant for anyone interested in making a Kickstarter project.
Neil Gaiman, on how sometimes even Neil Gaiman has a rough Valentine’s Day.
Give this man ALL THE HUGS.
There are two people in the world I would fictional marry. One is Captain Picard, who yes, I realize is not a real person (I did say fictional marry). The other is Neil Gaiman.
This video = just one more reason.
This one is just for Tumblr. You can tell because I am in my pyjamas. (I just had to teach my computer the spelling Pyjamas, after it corrected it to pajamas)
Reason #1,988,706 Neil Gaiman is awesome.
That thing we talk about where you should let your Kickstarter backers know when rewards are coming? Notes on napkins work pretty well.