“The Gap” by Ira Glass

“The Gap” is a two minute film that encourages creatives to keep going. It reassures artists that it’s normal for our work to not meet our ideals and expectations. The only way we can combat this “gap” is by making a plethora of work all the time. It don’t think that bridging the gap means that eventually you’ll like everything you make. We are our own worst critics after all. What I think bridging the gap by making a lot of work does is allow more opportunity for artists to create work that even they’ll think is good. With practice the good work will hopefully come more frequently. What’s important is that even though the gap is frustrating, you’ll never stop.

Below is a link to the video:

If you’re a creative who’s frustrated with the gap, I recommend reading Art and Fear by David Bayles and Ted Orland. It’s well written and a quick read. I pick it up when I need a pick-me-up.


One thought on ““The Gap” by Ira Glass

  1. Denise Vultee says:

    The Ira Glass video was spot on. I remember feeling that way as a child taking piano lessons, and I still feel that way about most of my endeavors. I think the Gap and Impostor Syndrome are closely related: if someone does happen to receive recognition while they’re still in the Gap, they often feel it’s undeserved.
    Thank you for recommending Art and Fear; I’ve downloaded a copy to my Kindle and will start reading it tonight.


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