From Sarah, With Joy

*Poet * Author * Wanderluster*

Monday, June 4, 2012

Neil Gaiman's incredible commencement speech for artists

This has been making the rounds the past little while, and maybe you've seen it. I didn't want to take the chance, though, that one person who stopped by today had missed it.

Don't miss this.

Anyone. ANYONE trying to make a living and a career in any kind of creative, artistic field should consider this speech a necessity. It put things so wonderfully into perspective for me.

I think probably my favorite part is Gaiman's analogy of his goal of being a successful author, all the things he had in his mind that he wanted to do, as a mountain. Any opportunity he came across, any decision he made, was made based on whether it would take him closer to that mountain or not. I absolutely love that analogy and way of thinking about things. It's going to be my decision making motto from now on.

So now that you've watched his speech, what are your thoughts?

Sarah Allen


  1. I totally watched this and was super excited when I found out that it was UArts in Philly! (have to rep my city, lol).

  2. i was only able to watch a few minutes of the speech--the video was messing up---i am sure it was my computer--anyway--i love his way of thinking--but he might have gone in another direction later in the speech!

  3. Interesting - I saw this in another blog justan hour ago. And, yes, it is worth sharing.

  4. Oh my, I LOVE this. It's just packed with wonderful advice--make your own rules may be my favorite. :) Thanks for sharing it!

  5. My daughter is about to graduate with a BA in creative writing. I will make sure she sees this.

  6. This is beyond amazing. Thanks so much for sharing!!

  7. I missed this yesterday but I am going to listen to it later tonight. I am sure it is amazing.

  8. Wow, I really loved this, thank you so much for putting it on your blog! Changed the course of my summer, which has so far been pretty boring. I loved watching this video, and it renewed my desire to write and create and "make good art". Oh goodness, thanks again!

    Your former Creative Writing student.

    p.s. He reminds me of Professor Lupin which makes this video even better!


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