PIXAR LETTER (read time 1:03) I recently received an email which included this hand-written letter from Pixar animator Austin Madison who shares his wisdom and experience with aspiring artists, in a bid to inspire them through times of creative drought. It's an eloquent letter, and in fact contains advice which is valuable to ALL artists & entrepreneurs. I hope you find it as inspiring as I do:
J Michael Dolan

PIXAR LETTER (read time 1:03)

I recently received an email which included this hand-written letter from Pixar animator Austin Madison who shares his wisdom and experience with aspiring artists, in a bid to inspire them through times of creative drought. It's an eloquent letter, and in fact contains advice which is valuable to ALL artists & entrepreneurs. I hope you find it as inspiring as I do:


COMMENTS


Posted By Debra Russell
Willpower
I have a class on this at the Artists Marketing & Business Academy - An Act of Willpower - the Process of Perseverance. Its a critical success skill


Posted By Spunky Munkey
Pixar Letter
Good advice, I can put chords together like a GM factory production outfit but with words the doubt of distraction makes me procrastinate and ponder the blackhole. But if I diligently get busy, the words happen and the song gets finished.


Posted By Victoria Loveland
Thank You Michael and Austin
This was so helpful to me as I'm in one of the discouraging parts of developing my abilities. It really helped to see the actual hand-written letter and Russell, and the always encouraging "Adventure is out there!" Victorialoveland.com


Posted By Michael Pemberton
I never grow tired of
being reminded that constant struggle and patient persistence is daily bread for all of us who strive to conjure magic and meaning from thin air. Cheers to one and all who aspire


Posted By Rachel
It's an Adventure......?
Hi Michael! I hope you are feeling well and thank you so much for your encouraging blogs, and for your own persistence.:-) I needed this blog today, as it sometimes feels like we are playing for the wind... it takes our creative endeavors where we cannot see, we do not hear, we just keep playing.....thank you for sharing with us! We are having band practice tonight and are working on new material...:-) Have a wonderful day! Rachel


Posted By Ken Budka
A more accurate rule
I used to think the 80/20 rule (80% of the work gets done in 20% of the time) of getting things done was about right. Realistically, 97/3 is probably more accurate over the long-term. Staying focused during those long spans of time is key. Get visual, post your goals and pictures of them all around you. Be constantly reminded of what your shooting for. Thanks for sharing this note Michael, another great reminder. Hope your bones are mending well... Ken


Posted By james morris
persistence
thank you my 97% has been devoted to other creative endeavors such as creating and maintaining a family all the while cultivating their spirit to possibly allow another %2 of their own time to be occupied by having a flow of artistry and decrease the downtime a little sorry for the run on email pitfalls


Posted By DGRoush
Persist
I am not sure how I started receiving this blog...but I always take a minute to read. So Mike...Persist! Good Stuff. God Bless.


Posted By Woody Degan, Producer, Memphis Sound Entertainment
Great Advice!
Many years ago, as a teen-ager, I had the opportunity to meet Barbara Mandrell, then at the height of her career. There was none bigger. Among a small group of fans, I asked the star for one piece of advice she would pass along to an aspiring artist. The smile on her lips suddenly transitioned to a serious demeanor, and her brow furled as those beautiful blue eyes locked directly, and unwaveringly, with mine. There was no doubt she totally believed the two words of wisdom she was about to impart. "Be Persistent." Still fixated and determined, she continued: "Many will come and go. Some will be more talented, but they'll be gone, too. You be persistent. Stay focused. Keep doing what you do. Good things will happen." Time has validated her comments to be wise and true. She inspired me, much as Mr. Madison's letter today. God Bless them both for passing along inspiration in this world!


Posted By jay kenoff (entertainment attorney)
writing and creativity
In a writing seminar I attended a number of years ago, taught by a client, David Freeman, he opened a standard dictionary, pointed randomly at a word and then wove a story right then and there -- a thriller, in fact -- from that one word. (And, it was quite good!) His message was that there is no excuse for "writer's block", because there's a world of subjects all around you at all times. If you're going to be a writer, you have to think, explore and, of course, write. Always carry around something that enables you to record your thoughts and ideas for later review and development.


Posted By Prof. Knestor Jackdaws, Oxmouth University
Hear, hear!
I was delighted to read, and enjoy in actual physical handwriting, the letter from Austin Madison. I try and inspire artists, too, since they really make the world a sunny, bearable place, and I found this advice to be very pass-on-able. I would like to invite any other artists or art sympathizers to visit me on YouTube sometime, for example at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FKH_Omjy8Ao Ta, ta and carry on! KJ


Posted By Marcia Wilkensen
The pros know
I love hearing these words of wisdom from such pros...you included Michael. I not only get inspired but I also get validated, that I'm on the right track, and that my thinking is aligned with the pros. I always feel empowered to go to the studio and start writing whenever I read these blogs. Thank you so much.

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