Must See Videos for Aspiring Artists

ml-mustwatchI just finished watching The Pixar Story (which I’ve filed under Documentaries Every Creative Should Watch) and Pixar’s early pioneers’ dedication and passionate for storytelling encourages me to share a little more about my earlier days. I believe a turning point for me in the creative field was I dropped out of college. At the time I was double majoring in Biological Sciences and Applied Mathematics. Needless to say both didn’t work out and rather than gambling more money and time into something that I didn’t 100% care for I left school. Taking myself out of school was perhaps one of lowest points in my life. Not only did I fall into a pit of you-just-wasted-19-years-of-your-life, but I also was thrown into a world of I-have-no-f*cking-clue-what-I’m-doing….$hit!!!!

Today, I’m still alive and pursuing photography *woot* *woot* But of course it wasn’t and still isn’t easy. The greatest challenge once I left the school system was finding another source of education. At the time I didn’t know anyone out of my age group that was activity pursuing something in the creative field. No family, no friends, everyone I knew was either still in the school system or doing the 9-5 thing. Lucky for me there’s this magical thing called the internet and it came with a sidekick called social media. To become a better artist I rabidly starting googling anything and everything that would be me some sort of direction into growing and developing myself. There I discovered a plethora of information and in some cases I could tweet at industry leaders. Videos, talks, conversations, etc. became my lectures, discussions, and professors. All I had to was actively search for information. What I ultimately ended up learning was that working as a creative is more about your artistic direction and mentality. You need to have a maniac obsession with honing the creative process and you cannot give up.  Below are a few lot of must see videos for aspiring artists.

On the Creative Process

Ira Glass on Storytelling 


Jonathan Adler: Keep Other People’s Opinions Out Of Your Creative Process


Why you will fail to have a great career: Larry Smith


Elizabeth Gilbert: Your elusive creative genius

Andrew Stanton: The clues to a great story


Fast Company: John Jay on creativity


Benjamin Zander: The transformative power of classical music


Sir Ken Robinson: Do schools kill creativity?


Influencers – How Trends and Creativity Become Contagious


Motivating Yourself to Keep Going

How Bad Do You Want It? (Success)


Pain Is Temporary


What If Money is No Object – Alan Watts


Phil Hansen: Embrace the shake

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This is Water – David Foster Wallace


Conan O’Brien Kinetic Typography


Drive: The surprising truth about what motivates us


Neil Gaiman Addresses the University of the Arts Class of 2012


Michael Jordan Flu Game


Steve Jobs’ 2005 Stanford Commencement Address


J.K. Rowling Speaks at Harvard Commencement


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