Shaunna Faye

Friday, July 15, 2011

In regards to my last blog:

My cousin, Ginger, posted a quote on twitter yesterday that really struck a cord with me.

"Nobody tells this to people who are beginners, I wish someone told me. All of us who do creative work, we get into it because we have good taste. But there is this gap. For the first couple years you make stuff, it’s just not that good. It’s trying to be good, it has potential, but it’s not. But your taste, the thing that got you into the game, is still killer. And your taste is why your work disappoints you. A lot of people never get past this phase, they quit. Most people I know who do interesting, creative work went through years of this. We know our work doesn’t have this special thing that we want it to have. We all go through this. And if you are just starting out or you are still in this phase, you gotta know its normal and the most important thing you can do is do a lot of work. Put yourself on a deadline so that every week you will finish one story. It is only by going through a volume of work that you will close that gap, and your work will be as good as your ambitions. And I took longer to figure out how to do this than anyone I’ve ever met. It’s gonna take awhile. It’s normal to take awhile. You’ve just gotta fight your way through."
— Ira Glass

So, there's that. Which, directly correlates with my frustrations that I wrote about before with doing video. I get frustrated because my stuff disappoints me. And maybe it's like what Brooke commented saying that anyone can be an expert at anything if they put an enormous amount of time into it.

I'm still getting a nice dslr, just one with video capabilities. And maybe I will do both video and photos. Maybe I will enjoy video the more I practice. Maybe I'll enjoy photos more. We'll see. I guess what I'm saying is that I won't give up on video just yet. But I'm not holding off on photos either.

Now I just need a couple thousand dollars to get the camera of my dreams...


At 6:34 AM , Blogger Heather Mayberry said...

you're right, don't give up. i think a lot of making a good video is getting a bunch of footage and doing a killer job on the editing. and as far as pictures go, i read this blog (and have for years), she is a professional photog in alabama who is self taught and has lots of resources on her blog. she also does mentoring over the phone and in person. she is an awesome lady and probably really easy to learn from. maybe that will help give you some inspiration for a starting point.

At 8:57 PM , Blogger Chris said...

How the heck did Ginger get that in 144 characters or whatever it is that twitter allows???


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