Monday, May 21, 2012

neil gaiman's commencement speech

A little more than a week ago, I graduated from college.

People talk about graduation like it's this great, fun thing, but really I've just been feeling scared and nervous and sad that I won't be returning to school come August. I've started job searching, but it's hard for someone like me. You see, I've never dreamed of having a traditional career. Sometimes I wish I did. It would be so much easier if I had wanted (and studied to be) a doctor or an architect or an engineer. But I never have and I doubt I ever will.

Since I was about 13, I've dreamed of being an author. And unfortunately, one can't apply for a job as an author. It takes a lot of work and luck and talent. And it's easy to get discouraged when you've only got so much time in the day and so much money in the bank.

That's why I'm so glad I stumbled upon this video posted by Shannon at Isle of Books. It's the commencement speech Neil Gaiman delivered to graduates of Philadelphia's University of the Arts last week.

It's a wonderful speech. Funny, upbeat, and most importantly inspiring. If you're a creative person with creative goals, please give this video a watch.



Make glorious and fantastic mistakes. Make good art. Pretend to be someone who can write.

I think I'll remember this speech a long, long time :)

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