the creative badass manifesto (a work in progress)
Become your own revolution.
Your creativity is your birthright. When people try to chase or laugh or stamp it out of you, smile and ignore.
You don’t know who you are until you know what you can do.
People don’t see you as you are; they see you as they are.
Practice deliberately. You have to fail in order to grow.
Push at the edges of what you understand, and listen to intuition. That’s when you become a visionary.
The more you educate yourself, the more intuitive you become.
The art of any art is the art of obsession.
Mistakes can open the way to the real art.
Feed your head. You are the sum of your influences.
Your art is not an airplane. If it crashes and burns, you can just walk away.
It’s not about improving yourself. It’s about remembering your soul DNA, and learning to burn off the bullshit.
You are not as alone as you think. Really.
The creative life is not a hobby but a constant state of mind.
It’s your job to say what others cannot, will not, or don’t even know that they know.
Interestingness lives on the edges and deep in the intersections, where ideas bang together and things change to other things.
You should only ever tell the lie that tells the truth.
Fake it til you make it, so long as you’re authentic.
There is a place where the world and your soul intersect, otherwise known as your audience.
Part of learning to do the work is learning to navigate the fear and anxiety before they navigate you. This takes practice.
Go there. And then go deeper.
Build on what comes easily to you.
Real art makes you vulnerable, but that’s where the power is.
Aim to seduce instead of conquer.
It’s when you become the most excellent thief that people will find you original.
Your voice belongs to you. No one has the right to take it from you, though some will try.
In the end, you love or you die. Love is better.