Watch Neil Gaiman’s “Make Up Your Own Rules”
Neil Gaiman — award winning author and artist — addresses the University of the Arts Class of 2012. A must watch for any artist and everyone who hopes to be creative and successful.
Make Up Your Own Rules
So I thought I’d tell you everything I wish I’d known starting out, and a few things that, looking back on it, I suppose that I did know. And that I would also give you the best piece of advice I’d ever got, which I completely failed to follow…
We’re in a transitional world right now, if you’re in any kind of artistic field, because the nature of distribution is changing, the models by which creators got their work out into the world, and got to keep a roof over their heads and buy sandwiches while they did that, are all changing. The distribution channels that people had built over the last century or so are in flux for print, for visual artists, for musicians, for creative people of all kinds…
The rules, the assumptions, the now-we’re supposed to’s of how you show your work, and what you do then, are breaking down. The gatekeepers are leaving their gates. You can be as creative as you need to be to get your work seen. YouTube and the web (and whatever comes after YouTube and the web) can give you more people watching than television ever did. The old rules are crumbling and nobody knows what the new rules are.
So make up your own rules.