Neil Gaiman gives better advice to artists than anyone has ever given.
My favorite part is where he says that every time he’s done a project “just for the money,” it’s backfired. To paraphrase: if you do something just for the money and it doesn’t work out, you’re left with nothing. If you do work you want to do, if the money doesn’t come at least you’re left with the work.
Uplifting, realistic and perfect advice.
His words are beautiful. I especially liked this reminder today to always make good art:
“Husband runs off with a politician? Make good art. Leg crushed and then eaten by a mutated boa constrictor? Make good art. IRS on your trail? Make good art. Cat exploded? Make good art. Someone on the internet thinks what you’re making is evil or stupid or has been done before? Make good art.”