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Diana Rovanio


The enemy within.

Doubt and its children: procrastination and exasperation. 

What makes creative work so satisfying, but also frustrating is the process going towards the end result.  For one tiny detail, it can take hundreds of editing, repositioning, or even restarting from zero again. Fun -in the beginning, exasperating as the noose of deadline approaches. And that's not even close to the tough part: The end result which vastly differs to the image in our mind.

It was in one of these days when I was stuck on a design project scrambling for ideas, I fell into procrastination and stumbled upon a video on youtube on Ira Glass talking about storytelling. 

Haw-lin studio

Haw-lin studio

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 its 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
Gotta march up and produce that work

Gotta march up and produce that work

It's a resounding feeling, to anyone trying to venture out and learn new things, launching a project, and in a bigger picture- a life of one's own. An uphill fight to that ideal we would like to achieve.

I made it for myself and for anybody who is in doubt about his/her creative career. I also think that Ira Glass’ message isn’t only limited to the creative industry. It can be applied to everyone who starts out in a new environment and is willing to improve.
— Daniel Sax

It has been said that we breathe souls into what we created, we pour our intention, a form of meditation. It's a path where vision, emotion, and imagination cross paths. Expressing it outward, however, is where the challenge lies. So please, keep growing, keep building, build on you and your skills, and accept that being discouraged is part of the process. Know that your yesterdays will build your tomorrow, and stride forward with all might. You have that greatness in you, you always do.

It’s gonna take you a while — it’s normal to take a while. And you just have to fight your way through that, okay?
— Ira Glass


 Written by Diana Rovanio

Video by Daniel Sax. Feel free to browse his creations here