Friday, September 30, 2011

Keep Going


Saw this really inspiring transcript from an interview with Ira Glass circulating around Facebook today. Felt like I had to share it too.

It's so perfect for me right now because I've been going through such a slump full of self-hate and self-doubt that I've been feeling like this really isn't getting anywhere.

Really just have to just keep going.

12 comments :

Arinae said...

Thank you so much for sharing this. I think I really needed something like those words.

Ubin said...

This is a great excerpt. It's really a funny thing...all your fans see the best side of you: the successive, beautiful, young, and ambitious photographer, and it's easy to wonder why you would ever doubt yourself even if you've accomplished so much and brought beauty to so many people. It's hard to imagine that your not perfect :/ Oh my, this is turning a little creepy. I guess the point is that sometimes it helps to see from other people's perspective, and fully realize how special you are and how important your work is to other people (which is saying so much).

Keep your head up and, you know, get some sleep once in a while :>

Pix said...

I was just thinking this exact same thing the other day: what is wrong with me, why with everything I know, all I've gained, my work sucks still? Then it him me: dude, it's been, like, a YEAR. You expect to master things you admire most in a year? Give it a couple more days before you throw in a towel... :D
Then again if you feel like you've achieved your ultimate perfection in the first stage, you can never push for better - push for thing never yet seen or done by anyone.. I imagine that's what's called lack of good taste :))

Melisa Des Rosiers said...

Thanks so much for sharing! I feel this way too lately and it's difficult. :/ Also, hearing it from Ira Glass is awesome because that man is great. In addition, seeing it on your blog is inspiring as well because your work is very inspiring and beautiful to me.

Let's listen to Ira Glass and keep trying!

Sanni sj said...

Thank you for sharing this!

Lolataylor88 said...

This photography really caught my eye. I recently have been taking photography classes and getting into photography and art. This type of art speaks to me. It speaks to me like John I . Dickerson speaks to me. You should check him out!

Anonymous said...

Keep posting stuff like this i really like it

Holly - Ivory Flame said...

Thank you Jingna for posting this on... so helpful and a great reminder that nothing comes without such hard work and commitment. I had been a bit put off with my own photography because I was getting frustrated things weren't turning out like the visions in my head and I was dissappointed in the quality. I have so much to learn and need to remember to make time for it, and keep taking photos every week, have some patience with myself and keep at it.
For what it's worth I admire you so much and always adore looking at your work. I am so thankful we got to work together. Thank you for being an inspiration!

Much love from England,
Holly
~ Ivory Flame ~

Imaginara said...

Isn't it kind of ironic that everyone, regardless of level, have these doubts from time to time. You mentioned that you just went through such a slump of doubting yourself even though there are hundreds and thousands of fans out there who admire all of you and your work. The fact that people look up to your work doesnt really change the fact that you might sometime doubt yourself. This is not something that will go away, it's part of the process, and it is the same drive that pushes us forwards to better ourself.

The possible danger with this drive is if we allow the slump to go into a small (or large) depression, which is counterproductive and very harmful. But by knowing that this is normal, and that you can work yourself out of it, means that you use this drive. Instead of going "oh, im crap!", focus, intensify, push forward. There is a light at the end of the dark tunnel, and it's not an oncoming train =)

Keep up the great work Zemotion, you ARE an inspiration to so many of us ;) And remember, go towards the light :P

Anonymous said...

Hey Zero, thks for sharing this inspiring transcript!! I can understand how frustrating and demoralising when going through this phase..I'm sort of going through similar circumstances as per the transcript....Thanks again for sharing and it does helps me to be more positive abt life and just have to move on and perservere...=)

Wingz said...

Oh my goodness....... This is precisely what I need to hear at this very moment. I've been punishing myself for being 'not good enough' & for not having what it takes. Thank you very much for sharing, and I hope you don't mind me sharing this with others too.

Miss Chihuahua said...

The best advice I've heard in the longest time. Maybe ever. I feel that photography is like music - you might find your style and achieve "perfection" but the hardest thing is to sustain it. Not just be a one off wonder. So yes, the best advice - work and practice on an on. There's no resting place because your work is never done.