How To Be Creative: How an Artist Turns Pro

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shyam kumar : thanks for the inspiration

Hayden Perno : "When he is face down in the arena chewing on sand and everyone's laughing at him, he knows it is still better to be in the arena, than standing on the sideline"

English Tree TV : Great video

Kaylah Crosby : I'm watching this as I procrastinate

King Lo : "the professional recognizes too much love will freeze him."

Nkanyiso Innocent Khwane : *I think every artist needs to read this book* you did a great breakdown, I hope it reaches people who never had the chance to read it

Hippocrates : No. Simply no. What you try to explain is something entirely different than what Charles said at the beginning. You are stuck because you compare yourself to others. You are stuck because you want to become "perfect", because you expect a masterpiece to just appear before you without you putting in the effort. You don't love what you do. You just love the result. Think about it. You just craze for that finished book or painting or whatever, but you can't enjoy the process. Well don't do it then, because life is not a race. Charles explains that true passion comes in every step of the way. Not just at the beginning or the end. You don't need to become a "pro writer" or anything like that. All of these are tags and belief systems that you are told to follow . If you truly love your art, then you'll cherish with ideas and won't want to stop what you do. Because you'll float in your own wave, regardless of what other people think of you.

A JA : Love this videos essay, however I think you have a simplistic understanding of the poem.. Charles isn’t telling you too stop if you don’t feel anything he’s saying that you should realise what the essence of being an artist is. If you take the poem literally and just view it for what it says then I can understand this interpretation however Charles, in my opinion is making a far more profound point. About the nature of being an artist not that if you don’t fifill the certain criteria that you’re not an artist. There’s an important part of that poem which say “unless being still would drive you to madness or suicide” this poem was meant to galvanise artists not turn them away. And it works, it’s why you made this Essay. If you actually read his books, A lot of his poems are about persistence and going all the way. This poem works as a oxymoron.

errol700 : Tears, just tears running down my cheeks watching this...five years, numerous books, incomplete screenplay, limp stories...disappointing love ones, away from my children. Can Resistance be this powerful ? Brilliant , Thanks.

Terry Witzu : I never liked Bukowski. Writing is the only talent I ever had, and I never thought twice about it. I just did it, but now that it's time to swing for the fences I'm terrified. I'm still growing as a person, and have tons of original ideas, but what is an original idea besides an incomplete thought? I have added to a file I've entitled my "Crazy Person's Diary". It's full of ideas, experiences, and observations. Also, criticism of what not to write through literature that is usually ruined by the 3rd element that distracts the protagonist from the main task/obstacle. It's where cliches are born and creativity dies. Why can't we write stories w/out this tacked on folkway of the art form? Life has multiple 3rd elements we face everyday that keep us, the protagonist, from achieving our needs. Why do we need a thesis, when a theme is so much more useful. Throughout my education, I've been taught a lot of what not to do, through examples of what we're supposed to. Fuck Shakespeare, fuck Bukowski, fuck Salinger, fuck Dostoyevsky, up his pompous ass. It's your voice, that's important. It's your turn to be heard, and as we all strive to create something that is our own I wish you all success, and that you find yourself in a place that shows the bravery that I currently lack. I can't wait to have my first completed manuscript rejected at every turn! It's at this point I'll  have the courage to plod on as real writer like I used to be.

Ryan Smith : motivating. thanks for this

Jakub Hejna : > J. K. Rowling > Creative Genius > Successful thanks to massive pop-culture appeal and a bit of luck choose two, lol

HomeboyRusVEVO : Like for #Flow squad

Olger : Isn't the approval of others, that give you that addictive dopamine rush, the fight you have with yourself? Isn't it more the addict figuring out away for him to have his next shot. Feeling pathetic in his need for appreciation. I prefer to write when I want to capture a moment in my life that sheds a different light on things. Or even a sort of ankerpointe of my human existence that amazed me and the reaction my body had on specific circumstances. Desperately holding on to fleeting moments that meant everything back than. Charles Bukowski isn't wrong in the sense of even thinking in terms of whats right or wrong, (thats a bit old testament). He does not talk about the writersblok but more on the fact that if you don't contribute something you beter not write. Don't waste my time and i will not waste yours that kind of thinking. Go out live life and than write, it will come naturally.  If it takes a life time to write one sentence that changes a humans perspective on life so be it, but don't indulge in capitalist rhetoric of productivity because than you are writing for them will it always been about you.

随便Suibian : You have misinterpreted Bukowski's poem, my friend. Inspiration bursting out of you has got nothing to do with wanting to fulfill your dreams at all, it is quite the opposite. It has nothing to do with 'wanting'. In a true creative act you do not 'want' anything at all. I'm fact you entirely disappear to be replaced by the inspiration itself. If you look at his words carefully, Bukowski makes it very clear that the inspiration is not, strictly speaking you, nor is it dependent on what you want. It has a will of its own.

Viking12 : brilliant, absolutely brilliant!

Martín Zenz : I love how you complemented Pressfield’s message with examples from pop culture. Thanks for making this.

ElricBro : I've been trying to write the last 5 pages of my screenplay for the past hour... I was writing the whole day and just stopped. Stumbled onto this and it's fantastic. Thanks for this

Bo Qin : It's depressing to see these types of music used in these types of videos over and over again.

tomzorz88 : You have such a Dutch accent... Mooi werk man.


Niki Gamertsfelder : ~ Here is the gist of the script, minus a few passages ~ About the poem by Charles Bukowski on what it takes to be a writer : • Extends to other creative professions • Poem is a romantic way to look at the creative process… but it’s wrong! • History is filled with creative geniuses where it didn’t just come “bursting out of them” I think, for these creative minds – but also for you, me, and many others – the more excited you are about your creative endeavor, the bigger the project and more important to fulfilling your dreams; the harder it is to actually sit down and do it. He calls this force, which keeps us from sitting down, resistance. Resistance, according to Pressfield is what stands between the life we live, and our unlived life. It stands between us and our dreams, of who we want to become and what we want to create. Are you a writer that doesn’t write? A painter that doesn’t paint? An entrepreneur that never starts a venture? Then you have fallen victim to resistance. A working artist doesn’t accept this kind of self-destructive behavior in his life because it prevents him from his work. Yet, resistance can be helpful. Resistance points us to our true calling. It can be felt when we fear starting a creative project. This fear means that it is something that we need to do, something we have a deep love for. If you didn’t love a project that was terrifying you, you wouldn’t feel anything at all. The more resistance you feel towards a project, the more fulfilled you will be when you finish it. Resistance always points us to our true north. So, how do we consistently beat resistance? As Stephen Pressfield says, by turning pro. As he describes turning pro, it has nothing to do with making or not making money out of your creative work. It is, in fact, a philosophy of work – an ideology of ethics on how you conduct your creative projects. You can turn professional one day and be an amateur again the next. As Pressfield states, “The professional knows that the mundane act of sitting down and starting to work sets in motion a mysterious process that produces inspiration. The amateur waits for inspiration – the professional knows that it will come after he starts”. The professional, therefore, acts in the face of fear. When the amateur fears a big creative endeavor, he waits for the fear to disappear; the professional knows this will never happen and starts anyway. An amateur dreams of stardom and glory; the professional has no use for this – he knows that success is merely a byproduct of work. He does the work, and lets the rewards come or not come as they may. By doing this, the pro avoids disappointment – an ally of resistance – that it will use to make us give up. The professional also plays it as it lays. He doesn’t find excuses in bad luck, adversity or injustice. Neither does he let a windfall or good luck fool him into thinking he is there already. He accepts the situation as it is; the pro marches on no matter what. The professional lets go of his ego; he doesn’t take failure or success personally – fear of rejection is human and lies deep in everyone. Resistance knows this and uses it to paralyze us and prevent us from doing our work. Pressfield states that this is one of the hardest aspects of turning pro. The professional puts his heart and soul into his work – then he steps back and assesses it hardly and coldly. He takes notes where he can do better his next project, and then he moves on. The professional, thus, accepts criticism but never takes it personally. He knows resistance will use rejection to break him. Therefore, the professional endures adversity. When he’s face down in the arena, chewing on sand and everyone’s laughing at him, he knows it is still better to be in the arena than standing on the sidelines. Lastly, where the amateur might make romantic claims about doing it for the love – about not caring or being even proud of not making money – the professional recognizes that too much love will freeze him. Playing for money is the device he uses to adopt a working-man mentality. As Pressfield states, the muse of inspiration laughs at blue-collar work ethic, she laughs at the working stiff, she hates prima donnas. The pro takes money to turn his life into his job – technically, he plays for pay, but in the end he does it for love of the game. At this point, you might be thinking what a cold and heartless way to look at creative work. Where’s the romance? Where’s the mythology? Where’s the beauty and mystery of art? These are things that we aim for when we turn pro. Because we know when we beat resistance and sit down to do our work, something magical happens. When we sit down and grind it out, inspiration strikes; words start to flow effortlessly. Call it a flow state, call it being in the zone, or as Pressfield does, call it a muse. Where resistance resides in hell, creation has a seat in heaven. Here, the muse looks down and admires your grind, your professionalism. When you present yourself to her with an attitude of egoless-ness and surefire, she will come down and sit on your shoulder, a powerful ally to help you in your endeavor. When we beat resistance and start, the muse will guide us, battling the dark force of resistance until we finish our project. It is only at this moment – when you type that last word, when you play that last note, when you dance that last step – that you can look Resistance in the eye and say REST IN PEACE, MOTHERFUCKER, after which you will start a new project and the battle starts anew.

Kevin Camonayan : no, bukowski is not wrong. that is how it was for him. how it was for sorkin, tarantino, others that you mention is the way it is for them. it's not one or the other. i've experienced the struggle that facing the page and i've also experienced work come out of me in the way bukowski says.

Daniel Sánchez : *YOU SHALL NOT PASS*

videos : Many people try to write because they are inspired by others. I get Bukowski, I don't write because I want to, I do it because I have to, it oozes out of me. As a kid, i had never met a professional writer but I had dozens of shoeboxes filled with notes.

mcpoeth : Wow,man! So realistic and inspirational! Thank you very much! You've just earned a subscriber

SuperPussyFinger : I don’t know who you are, but I know genius when I see it.

Joshua Ortiz : I'm a professional designer but that means I have a 9 to 5 job. Do I even fall in the "I made it!!" category?

Joshua Ortiz : Music @ 6:28 Please???

multimate : That Harambe though. Got an audible laugh out of me.

Polite Q : Stephen King has some sort of freaky gift though. I don't find people like him helpful as role models. It's very rare that someone can produce on that level. I want to hear from people who really struggled to find their discipline and succeeded.

France D : What a wonderful and inspiring video. Thanks so much for it.

Bhardvaj Lukhi : How do you make this type of video I watched this video 7 to 9 times and every time this look more and more amazing and give me motivation and keep me on work. This is mind blowing keep making this type of video I love it thanks for this video

Rodolfo Fava : This was the most useful youtube content I have seen. Hands down. Thank you so much for the work of making this video, the references are perfectly timed, it is straightforward in its message but rich in insight. Simply amazing.

Forrest Stevens : #harambeinheaven

Loosecat 56 : THANK YOU!!! OH my gosh you have no idea how much of a problem I have with this. Thank you for putting this into words.

pantherenebuleuse : Dope

Mark Davidovic : Nice video, really on point. I myself am a artist and feel resistance whenever I look at a piece of paper, but when I start, something happens that lights a spark inside me and I can't stop working. And thanks for the inspiration.

NN N : This is awesome!

Jazzlike Drama : I just have to get this out of me... I have to stop myself from writing. If I don't I could spend almost the entire day doing it and won't have time to do anything else. So I have to stop myself from writing. Even when I'm doing other stuff my mind easily wanders to story ideas. I stare blankly into space wondering how scenarios would play out, how I can play with words, the language and get a laugh out of others. I don't know if that means anything but it sure does hurt somewhat when I don't write as much as I want to. Because if I didn't it'd be the only thing I'd do.

BARWA Peter : @storytellers - "So, you want to be a writer" the poem in your intro by Charles Bukowski is not Horrible and Fundamental Wrong. The poem is an expression of an opinion which works for some and does not work for others and Just because it might not work for a Majority does not make it wrong. If it does not work for you which is obvious, its normal to find what works which you have showcased by Reviewing The War of Art by Steven Pressfield. Creatives in any field are generally known to find their way somehow, either by following the rules, tweaking them or breaking them. I believe with the current rapid advancement in human civilization and the millennial Dilemma, we still have a lot of surprises ahead about creativity and how to turn pro or Succeed. Thanks for the beautiful Narration and Review.

narriparri : This is good but too male dominated for my taste. Would ne more inspiring with female examples included.

Musafiri Olivier : And who is the author of this video What has he accomplished to talk so authoritatively and psychoanalytically, and most importantly, boringly?Incompetent, I say.

DaDavidVids : *Procrastinating while watching this*

Westwood Films : Great inspiration, writing a script at the moment and this inspired me. Just wrote 23 pages today.

Analytical Street Sweeper : The amateur dreams of the magic after the work, the professional feels the magic during the work.

George Yeulett : yep, the deep pit of resistance my fingers scratch at the walls instead of the keys

Zdurf : A totally inspirational video, even though I'm not an artist I can feel the power of these words. Congratulations man.

Siim Land : “I write only when inspiration strikes. Fortunately, it strikes every morning at nine o'clock sharp.” - W. Somerset Maugham

Nathan Felsch : Damn dude, you really understand what your talking about. You've clearly given it a lot of thought, and came up with the right answers. I feel the resistance all the time, but have never really been able to put a finger on it. So thank you, this has been very useful for me.