INSPIRATION: Pixar’s Austin Madison

So, I ran across this in my facebook feed…someone had posted it as a blog, so I went and googled for the original source. I found it very moving and inspiring, because, believe it or not…I have my down days too…days when  feel like I am just not good enough. It’s things like this that keep me going and perk me back up. So I am sharing it here with you all to see…
May 17, 2011
To Whom it May Inspire,
I, like many of you artists out there, constantly shift between two states. The first (and far more preferable of the two) is white-hot, “in the zone” seat-of-the-pants, firing on all cylinders creative mode. This happens about 3% of the time.
The other 97% of the time I am in the frustrated, struggling, office-corner-full-of-crumpled-up-paper mode. The important thing is to slog diligently through this quagmire of discouragement and despair. Put on some audio commentary and listen to the stories of professionals who have been making films for decades going through the same slings and arrows of outrageous production problems.
In a word: PERSIST.
PERSIST on telling your story. PERSIST on reaching your audience. PERSIST on staying true to your vision. Remember what Peter Jackson said, “Pain is temporary. Film is forever.” And he of all people should know.
So next time you hit writers block, or your computer crashes and you lose a entire night’s work because you didn’t hit save (always hit save), just remember: you’re never far from that next burst of divine creativity. Work through that 97% of murky abyssmal mediocrity to get to that 3% which everyone will remember you for!
I guarantee you, the art will be well worth the work!
Your friend and mine,
Austin Madison
You can read more on Austin Madison’s blog HERE
Also, you can view the Animator Letters Project blog HERE
Cheers 🙂

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