Almost on a daily basis, I talk to my ‘youth’, EPIC, and find myself consistently emphasising the following piece of advice to them which i thought would be good to share with everyone else:
‘To work as hard as possible, and then, when you think you’re done, to work just a little bit harder. To know that if it feels “right” it may actually be completely wrong, and that if it feels “wrong” it may be completely right. There’s no governing principle to any of this except that strange instinct and feeling within yourself that you simply have to learn to trust, but which is always un-reliably changing.
To create something for people who have not been born yet. To pay attention to how it actually feels to be alive, to the lies you tell yourself and others. Not to overreach – but also not to get too comfortable with your own work. To avoid giving in to either self-doubt or self-confidence, depending on your learning, and especially to resist giving over your opinion of yourself to others – which means not to seek fame or recognition, which can restrain rather than open your possibility for artistic development. With all this in mind, not to expect anything and to be grateful for any true, non exploitative opportunity that presents itself, however modest. And to understand that being able to say “I don’t know what to do with my life” is an incredible privilege that 99% of the rest of the world will never enjoy.’
P.s I have jazzed the above up a bit for the purpose of reading but the sentiment echoed to EPIC is the same 🙂