Why are you chest deep in the business of creative work?
A few weeks back, I found this kinetic typography video to the audio of Ira Glass’s thoughts on creative beginners producing work and the gap between where we are and where we so desperately wish to be.
“Nobody tells people who are beginners, and I really wish somebody had told this to me… is that all of us who do creative work, like y’know we get into it, and we get into it because we have good taste, but it’s like there’s a gap. That for the first couple years that you’re making stuff, what you’re making isn’t so good, OK? It’s not that great. It’s trying to be good. It has ambition to be good, but it’s not quite that good. But your taste, the thing that got you into the game, your taste is still killer. And your taste is good enough that you can tell what you’re making is kind of a disappointment to you, y’know what I mean?”
Yes, Ira. I want to shake you by the shoulders and thank you.
I’m pushing myself to learn a whole host of disciplines right now and I look at what other people are doing and just think, “Man, to produce something that killer would rock.”
What he goes on to say is this: Don’t let the gap between where you are and where you want to be engulf you. Don’t quit. Bust your butt by giving yourself projects.
Today, I’d like to share a group of portfolios and websites by creative folks for which you can aspire to. For which I, myself, would wholeheartedly like to aspire to.
If you’re thinking of developing a website for yourself – and really, you should – then don’t fear studying beautiful examples. Dive into them; push yourself to swim to the other shoreline where your projects make you jump up and down and scream like a 16-year-old girl who just had her first kiss on her front porch on a hot night in the middle of July.
Your work deserves that love from you. You deserve that response to it. So let these fellow creative professionals inspire you. Let them motivate you.
2. Tara Whitney
3. Sarah Barlow
6. Rashi Birla
7. Breanna Rose
8. Luke Larsen
10. Jennifer Pace
12. Joa Jean
13. Jessica Jones
14. Adham Dannaway
15. Jen Serafini
16. Sneh Roy
17. Jon Combs