I must admit, I’ve never read a Neil Gaiman book. But I know his genius from his book reviews and movies – Stardust and Coraline. And when I was searching for a new author to try out (before my George R.R. Martin phase began) I went out and bought Stardust and Good Omens, a book he co-wrote with Terry Pratchett. One day I will have the time to read these beauties, along with a few more titles sitting on my bookshelf.
But yesterday I came across a post online about an artist who took a speech Neil Gaiman made for a graduating university class, and turned it into a comic. I was intrigued by this, and enjoyed the comic, so I sat through the twenty minutes or so of Neil Gaiman’s speech. It is truly inspirational, and a great speech for all artists to hear.
Here is the comic:
And here is the speech:
Going through a rough patch in life, this is just what I needed to hear. I’m sure I can make some damn good art from all the crap I’ve been through lately.
I’ve also come up with a few feel-good projects I want to work on. One of them involves writing down on a sticky note any good thing that happens to me in life, and place it in a jar. At the end of the year, I can open this jar and re-read and re-discover all of the awesome things that have happened in 2013. I already have a few things to start this jar off, like the awesome waiter who heard I had a rough time this holiday, and gave me and my friends free drinks on New Year’s eve. I should also add the amazing time I had with my group of friends for my birthday. It made me realize what amazing people I get to work with at the Phoenix, and how I’m not so alone when I have them around to cheer me up. Also, the amazing friends I have outside my acting class, you know who you are. You guys make the hard times easier, and I thank you for that.
I hope you can take the time to watch Neil Gaiman’s speech in its entirety. Now go out and make some damn good art!