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It Comes Down to Doing the Work

April 23, 2018  •  1 Comment

A while back I read and tried to take to heart Steven Pressfield's "The War of Art."   Now, all I had read of Pressfield was his "Gates of Fire," a novel of the battle of Thermopylae (a battle later depicted in the phenomena,"The 300") which wasn't impressive as "real" literature so I was a bit skeptical that he could provide instructive coaching on the energy and stamina necessary for producing art.  I apologize to Mr. Pressfield most heartily as I feel "The War of Art" should be read by anyone wishing to engage in any type of artistic endeavor.  He writes about the art of writing but just substitute painting, photography, sculpting or any other artistic form and bathe in it.  
Anyway, what I wanted to get to was a YouTube video I found this weekend on the channel "Storytellers," that uses Pressfield's work as fuel for an essay about the difference between amateurs and pros.  It's a well produced and instructive essay and I'm sure I'll return to it often.

Video:  Turning Pro


Todd Henson(non-registered)
"The War of Art" is one of those books I keep seeing recommendations for but have yet to read. I have purchased it, just haven't yet gotten around to reading.

I enjoyed the video. I certainly have fallen prey to resistance. It can be so difficult sometimes to get up early, to get out in time for that nice morning light. And it reminds me of how wildlife photography (something I really enjoy) often involves some degree of luck. But you create your own luck by getting up early, by going out there, by practicing photography. And to do that you need to overcome resistance. Be the professional from the video. Go out there and do the work.
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