I am having some technical troubles with my home computer at the moment, which unfortunately limits me to using my Wii for internet access. This being the case, I’ve been watching a lot of videos on Youtube to keep me inspired and I felt compelled to post three of my favorites. These three videos showcase some of my favorite artists talking about their craft, showing examples of their work, and note many reasons to pursue your personal creative goals and make them a reality.
J.J. Abrams is the creator of Alias, Lost and producer of Cloverfield. Not only do I enjoy J.J.’s unique methods of telling stories, but I enjoy seeing him passionately talk about his inspirations and why he does what he does. The Mystery Box is a talk he did at Ted in March of 2007.
Joshua Davis has been an inspiration for a decade. I’ve talked about his work before, and he is seen here doing a presentation for QBN Sessions in September 2007. Josh talks about some of his inspirations, his work methods, and a wonderful piece about working your ass off to achieve your goals. I had the pleasure to see him speak at the FlashForward conference in New York way back in 2000, and aside from being very inspired I remember thinking “Man, this dude is hilarious.”
Shepard Fairey is the mighty Obey Giant. What I like most about Fairey other then his work is his story about how he discovered, or stumbled upon, the Obey idea. Not only did he develop a wonderful and striking brand with the Andre image, but he was sharp enough to realize the phenomenon it had become, and ultimately use that to inject more power into his concept through recognition. He is proof that you need to keep creating what you love to create. Fairey was also a part of the QBN Sessions in September 2007.