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baryshnikov leap

“When a dancer comes onstage, he is not just a blank slate that the choreographer has written on. Behind him he has all the decisions he has made in life. . . . Each time, he has chosen, and in what he is onstage you see the result of those choices. You are looking at the person he is, the person who, at this point, he cannot help but be. . . . Exceptional dancers, in my experience, are also exceptional people, people with an attitude toward life, a kind of quest, and an internal quality. They know who they are, and they show this to you, willingly.” – Mikhail Baryshnikov

 

spotlight: ira glass on creativity

“You’ve just gotta fight your way through.”

“What nobody tells people who are beginners — and I really wish someone  had told this to me . . . is that 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, and 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 it’s 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 a while. It’s normal to take a while. You’ve just gotta fight your way through.”

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