Words to Live by for Photographers/Artists/Creative Individuals

Whether we like to admit it or not, we photographers are in a RAT RACE to become popular; to be noticed; to be on SUL; to be sponsored; to be famous; to be someone and inspire millions. And yes...I am just as caught up in the RAT RACE as any other photographer...some days are better than others.

But than life has a way of putting things in perspective. It started with my beautiful wife +Varina Patel convincing me to stop doing less workshops and do more photography - the thing we love the most. And then couple of days ago +Varina Patel and I listened to Neil Gaiman's speech to the Arts Class of 2012. If you have not done so, I would highly encourage you to do so...Here are some of the things that stood out to me.

**If you don't know it's impossible it's easier to do.
**I tended to do anything as long as it felt like an adventure, and to stop when it felt like work, which meant that life did not feel like work.
**The point where you stop saying yes to everything, because now the bottles you threw in the ocean are all coming back, and have to learn to say no.
**I hope you'll make mistakes. If you're making mistakes, it means you're out there doing something.
**The one thing that you have that nobody else has is you. Your voice, your mind, your story, your vision. So write and draw and build and play and dance and live as only you can.
**“This is really great. You should enjoy it.” And I didn't. Best advice I got that I ignored.Instead I worried about it. I worried about the next deadline, the next idea, the next story...

Text of the speech can be found here: http://www.uarts.edu/neil-gaiman-keynote-address

Time to go home...and enjoy the photographs from our last trip.

Enjoy & Share.
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I think this should be required viewing for every "creative" person here (and everywhere) Stick with this. So worth it.
Particularly the quote "I hope you'll make mistakes. Because if you make mistakes, it means you're out there doing something..."

"...Make glorious and fantastic mistakes"

And, it goes without saying but always needs to be reiterated, Remember to "enjoy it."

http://vimeo.com/uartsphilly/neil-gaiman-addresses-the-university-of-the-arts-class-of-2012
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