Make Good Art

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:
http://zenpencils.com/comic/50-neil-gaiman-make-good-art/

And here is the speech:
http://vimeo.com/42372767

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!

3rd Year Acting Class

3rd Year Acting Class

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