The Gap


I think it was at springtime 2012, when I came across David Shiyang Lius lovely piece of work about Ira Glass. It was the most inspiring and motivating video, I have ever seen in my life. I watched it over and over again, listened to Ira Glass' voice and told myself, that I am not the only person who is constantly disappointed about the gap between ones taste and ones skills. Later on in 2012 I decided to do an own filmed version of Iras interview - use my own language to tell his message. It took me about a year from concept to upload. I made it for myself and for anybody who is in doubt with 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 of frohlocke
I confess that before last week I had never heard of Ira Glass. But after doing some quick research, my sources (aka the internetzzz, and more specifically wikipedia;) have informed me that Glass is the host and producer of the radio and television show, "This American Life", which I also admittedly know nothing about. Again, my "sources" tell me that "this American Life" is primarily a non-fiction journalistic program, with each week's show consisting of a theme which is then explored in several acts. Glass, a staunch atheist who has worked in public radio for around 30 years, was filmed by Current TV a few years back discussing the building blocks of telling a great story in a four-part segment called "On Storytelling." "on Storytelling" can be found on youtube--part one one, part two, part three, and lastly, part four--for anyone who might be interesting in watching the segment in its entirety. I became aware of "On Storytelling" after stumbling across the above video from vimeo user frohlocke, who created a short film based off some of what Glass had to say in "On Storytelling". Here, Glass discusses the gap between one's taste and one's actual creative work as a beginner. Although Glass was referring to the creative process of becoming a great writer, this quote can certainly be applied to anyone beginning or currently on their journey towards creating wonderful art. It is a reminder that each and every one of us start from the beginning and need to work at it to become great and that the worst thing we can do is give up. These extremely inspiring words set to motion by Daniel of frohlocke is not only positive reinforcement and inspiration for all you struggling creatives out there, it is also a fantastic example of just how powerful creativity and art can be and what one can achieve by not giving up.

lg, Rae
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