Motivation Monday: It doesn’t take talent to practice

Today’s motivational quote is

“You have to be willing to be bad at something to be good at something.”

Too many times I see students get hung up on the idea of perfection. This mindset can take two forms. Either the student can’t stop trying to refine their “perfect idea” for a character design, or they have a good idea but they are too self-conscious to attempt it because they know the reality will never live up to their ideal. In either case, those students are setting themselves up to fail from the start. No one’s first character is demoreel quality. In fact it might end up being the case that nothing you make for class will satisfy you. That is perfectly normal and ok! The point of school is to learn the tools and the pipeline so that you can go off on your own and make art. Don’t be afraid to make a boring design if that complex idea you have is going to prevent you from finishing. Save it for later. The students that I’ve seen thrive after graduation are not necessarily the ones who come into the class with the most talent from the start. They are the ones who aren’t afraid to fail. They make a crappy character with excitement and enthusiasm. They learn the tools and their next project is even better. The difference between a master and a novice is 10,000 mistakes. The master has failed more times than the novice has tried.

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