Patti Smith and Other Lightning Bolts of Creative Inspiration

Build a good name. Keep your name clean. Don’t make compromises, don’t worry about making a bunch of money or being successful. Be concerned about doing good work. Protect your work and if you build a good name, eventually that name will be its own currency. Life is like a roller coaster ride, it is never going to be perfect. It is going to have perfect moments and rough spots, but it’s all worth it.

— Patti Smith

That’s advice that Patti Smith offers to young artists in this video over at the Louisiana Museum of Modern Art’s website. There’s lots of good stuff there, featuring smart, creative people like Sophie Calle, Nicole Krauss, Thomas Vinterberg, just to name a very few. Check it out! But if you’re looking for some quick hits of creative thought and inspiration, here are a few bolts I’ve collected since my last post on creative manifestos. The last one’s from John Cage and Merce Cunningham, which is pretty righteous. I’m currently in a very “admin” phase of getting a creative project out, and it’s so annoying…but reading these and listening to Patti are making me excited to get down to the next project. It’s always about the next project!

4 thoughts on “Patti Smith and Other Lightning Bolts of Creative Inspiration

  1. It’s hard to keep these kinds of things in mind when you’re in job-hunting mode like I am right now. I feel like I’ll never be creative again when I have to focus so much on what other people think of me. Thanks for this post, I think I’ll make something tonight to keep the juices flowing.

    1. Yay! I’m glad to hear it resonates with you. It’s so hard to feel free and creative when you feel like you’re being judged and evaluated so much. Good luck with the search, and with the creating! Xo k.

  2. Love this! No matter how often i try to put these things into practice, I always need a reminder so I don’t get bogged down in other more ‘operational’ details.

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