Neil Gaiman's Advice on a Creative Career Path


Neil Gaiman offers some great advice in this commencement speech he delivered at the University of the Arts in Philadelphia. His advice couldn't come at a better time. The world is embracing a wave of creative independence that is reshaping the landscape of art and business. Anyone can now do things that weren't possible just a few years ago such as create and sell your own art through the internet and make a living.

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When you first start out you have no idea what you are doing, this is great! People who know what they are doing know the rules, they know what is possible and what is impossible. You do not and you should not. The rules on what is possible and what is impossible in the arts were made by people who had not tested the bounds of the possible by going beyond them and you can. If you don't know it's impossible it's easier to do. And because nobody has done it before they haven't made up rules to stop anyone from doing that particular thing again...

However, this newly forming creative landscape also means that the rules of the game must be understood. I am just coming off one the biggest creative projects of my life with co-founding and organizing TEDxOsaka and now myself wondering how to properly walk the creative career path. It helps to have someone of Neil Gaiman's talent and experience shading some light on the question. I really like his low key balanced but sky's the limit approach to embarking on a career.

Very similar to Steve Jobs view of the the secret to life and creating your own path. This video literally cemented everything that I have been feeling deep down since I was a child and believe going forth! His words echo more true as the world grows more complicated.

Everything around you that you call life was made up by people who were no smarter than you — and you can change it...

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