Inspiring words from accomplished writer Neil Gaiman. He is well known for his epic comic series The Sandman, as well as several novels, such as American Gods, Anansi Boys, and The Graveyard Book. His work has also inspired the movies Coraline and Stardust.
Mr. Gaiman gave this commencement address to the graduating class of 2012 at The University of the Arts in Philadelphia on May 17, 2012. It is twenty minutes long, but it is worth the watch. He speaks wisdom about what it means to live the artist’s dream and the journey to get there.
Some memorable quotes from his speech:
[cquote]If you don’t know it’s impossible, it’s easier to do.[/cquote]
“I hope you make mistakes. If you make mistakes, it means you’re out there doing something. And mistakes in themselves can be very useful.”
“When things get tough, this is what you should do: make good art… Make it on the good days, make it on the bad days, too.”
[rquote]Write and play and dance and live as only you can.[/rquote]
It might be tempting to think that those few quotes sum up the entirety of it but here is so much here to absorb and remember. Do yourself a favor and watch it. And if you’ve seen it, watch it again.
Make good art.