All of your art is really beautiful, and inspiring. it makes me feel dangerous. what inspires you most?
Inspiration changes all the time. But a few key elements is : • fighting for what’s right • Having fun • experimenting • women • money • sharing • knowing there will is an audience I can entertain • seeing people come out of their shells
Your work is so great, every time I'm on your blog I leave feeling totally inspired so thanks! I was wondering if you had any advice for me; i'm 21 and just graduated from a honours course in visual communication where i specialised in photography. I'd really like to get involved in either a film production company or assist a photographer I like but it's proving to be so difficult. Thanks, Kim
Life is only as difficult or as easy as you make it. Go find the people you want to work with and introduce yourself! You may end up getting just what you want! Life is a team sport so find out what they need from you. You may start off doing shitty work and running in to a few detours, but you’ll end up getting right where you want to go if you keep your eyes and mid firmly fixed to your destination!
I am half way through a photography/fine art course and I think I have hit a dead end.. I don't use my camera as much as I used to and I dont' know what I am actually going to do with the degree when I have it. I might be having a creativity block, but it could be more, but I'm not sure.. How do I begin to be recognised for my work and create some sort of future from it?
I know what it feels like to wonder “did I hit a dead end?” I literally thought the same thing a few months ago and was about to give up before I came to my senses. I’m now working harder and having more fun with projects that are even more exciting than before!
One thing to note: the last thing you need to worry about is recognition. Recognition is earned for making positive and effective contributions. It will come naturally if you’re really putting yourself out there. but if you’re just out to just get recognition, you’ll end up creating some really shitty work and end up being a hack that no one likes. There’s a million of them already out there and you don’t need to become one too.
Focus your time for a moment on creating some art that matters to an underdog. Pick a cause and use your art to fight for it. And go do something that you just have fun doing like going on a road trip or swimming with friends… bring your camera and something to write/draw on. And try something that scares you. Bring your camera as a friend.
This is not the panacea, but it should open your mind a bit.
….I also encourage you to pick up “The Dip” by Seth Godin. It’s sold in the business section of every book store and takes just a few hours to read. Although it’s a business book, it’s also an incredible reminder to anyone feeling discouraged about their path or art or whatever.