Nobody Tells This To Beginners

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Those of us, creative professionals, beginners, craftspeople and apprentices, all know that the beginning stages of ANY endeavor are challenging and frustrating. Ira Glass’ quote offers an amazing perspective on why that is, and what we must do next.

The original speech and quote can be found here, said by Ira Glass.

The quote is set to music and brought to life through animation, beautifully, by Saar Oz.

Saar’s Youtube page is simply called “Creavite”, and it isn’t loaded with hundreds of videos, but the ones there are all make up for it, with great quality and charm.

The page’s “about section” says “Motion Graphics & Post originals by a 17 year old”, and I’m not sure when that was written but our artist is definitely a skilled motion graphics designer.

Here’s to seeing much more creative work from Saar Oz, and to heeding the brilliant words Ira Glass.

Fight through whatever your early challenges, and you’ll surprise yourself, what’s on the other end.


“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 it’s 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

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Billy Buntin

Written by Billy Buntin

Billy is a visual effects artist based in Washington, DC and the founder of the production house, BB Digital

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