The object isn’t to make art, it’s to be in that wonderful state which makes art inevitable.
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Clear the Table
We’ve all been there. You’re listening to an old episode of your podcast and you wish you did things differently. Instead, you pulled a punch. You cut a corner.
You left something on the table.
The result is an episode that, though it might be good enough, never lived up to its full potential.
Maybe an idea could have been more deeply researched. You could have pressed a guest harder on an answer missing that special something.
This isn’t a rallying cry for perfectionism. In fact, I’ve found perfectionism in my own work to be the enemy of three important things:
Enjoying the process
Respecting other work that needs my attention
Finishing the damn thing
Leaving nothing on the table and perfectionism are two distinctly different approaches.
The first is a deliberate, sustained effort within a given timeframe.
The latter is a form of tunnel vision, of hiding from other obligations, of seeing the work as a reason to sacrifice everything outside of the work.
We’re creators—perfectionism is part of us. But it’s the professional who takes their perfectionism and domesticates it. The wild beast still lives inside, but it’s given rules, boundaries, and expectations. With the snap of your fingers, its actions are focused. What was once a tyrant becomes a tool.
No episode will be perfect. But every episode deserves a cleared table.
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From the book’s opening quote (used at the top of this issue), The Creative Act sets the stage for what’s to come: a deep well of inspiration from one of the music industry’s wisest and most eclectic producers. Don’t let the 400+ page count fool you. It’s an easily digestible book that quickly rubber bands you back into a creative headspace, making you want to put it down and get back to work.
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