This book is for anybody who is looking around and thinking now what? And I have this moment a lot. Neil Gaiman’s Make Good Art and Fantastic Mistakes takes the pressure off. This was a commencement speech that Gaiman gave at the University of the Arts in Philadelphia back in 2012. Legendary graphic designer Chip Kidd did the layout.
Whitney Cummings, comedienne, said that she was so lucky to have an opportunity to get good before YouTube. She was doing stand up for 8 years before she got her first real break. Today your first try will probably be on YouTube. And Neil echoes this.
On achieving your goals
In some cases people want the glory without putting in the work. There is no such thing as an overnight success. As Neil Gaiman says, “There are things you have to do before you can get to the place you want to be”.
Gaiman wanted to be a writer (mountain) and everything he did moved him closer towards his goal (mountain). And sometimes this meant turning down high paying jobs.
“I got out into the world, I wrote and I became a better writer the more I wrote, and I wrote some more… and they paid for it, or they didn’t”
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