“What nobody tells people who are beginners… is that 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, and it’s just not that good. It’s
trying to be good, it has potential, but it’s not… your taste is why your work
disappoints you… We know our work doesn’t have this special thing that we want
it to have. We all go through this… 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
– Ira Glass
(illustrated with one of my pastel paintings, just for fun)
Love the Ira Glass quote–puts things into perspective.
Doesn’t he just? Paul McCartney said the Beatles’ first 50 songs were crap; then they wrote “Please Please Me” and had the sense — or taste, as Glass would put it — to recognize what they’d done.