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!