4 years ago I realize I wanted to support myself as a full-time videographer/editor. 4 years ago, I wasn’t “good” at it, I actually really f*cking sucked at it... but I loved it... I loved it enough to not care what others said.
I was full-fledged facing this thing known as The Gap.
What is The Gap?
Ira Glass has a famous quote (located below) that explains the point where we all envision this grand idea or project... but struggle to actually produce this grand vision right away... over time of hard work we eventually start to close this gap and make what we envision a reality (then set higher visions/goals).
Whether you’re a rapper and can’t get the rhymes right... a music producer but the beats aren’t hitting as hard as you thought... or a videographer/editor and your video blows... it’s all part of the process.
It takes time and dedication. I’m still in the gap and am writing this because I know that those of you reading this might be too... stay the course, stay focused.
Two ways to view the gap...
- Give Up Go ahead... give up. If you don’t want it bad enough it’ll be a waste of time. The process is requires failing over and over... testing, trying, testing, trying, over, and over. It isn’t right for you if you don’t like that and will hurt your happiness if you are risk-adverse.
- Persist If you are taking calculated action and checking your progress don’t fucking stop. Have monthly check-ins. Write your goals everyday. You have to have something to track so you can see where you are going. Are you on track or off? Make adjustments when needed. It’s easy to persist if you are around the right people, have the right gf/bf, have the right habits... be intentional about your surroundings.
Ira Glass Quote... “Nobody tells this to people who are beginners, I wish someone told me. All of us who do creative work, we get into it because we have good taste. But there is this gap. For the first couple years you make stuff, it’s just not that good. It’s trying to be good, it has potential, but it’s not. But your taste, the thing that got you into the game, is still killer. And your taste is why your work disappoints you. A lot of people never get past this phase, they quit. Most people I know who do interesting, creative work went through years of this. We know our work doesn’t have this special thing that we want it to have. We all go through this. And if you are just starting out or you are still in this phase, you gotta know its normal and the most important thing you can do is do a lot of work. Put yourself on a deadline so that every week you will finish one story. It is only by going through a volume of work that you will close that gap, and your work will be as good as your ambitions. And I took longer to figure out how to do this than anyone I’ve ever met. It’s gonna take awhile. It’s normal to take awhile. You’ve just gotta fight your way through.”
Keep grindin’ and growin’