Wednesday, May 30, 2007

It's your own thing--do what you wanna do.


Here's the thing about working at LA. Turn any corner and you're subject to come upon someone sketching, making, photostyling, shooting, or writing about a project that's so cool, you just can't wait to try making it yourself.

And that's always been one of my shortcomings. I just can't wait. Directions? I don't need no stinkin' directions. I mean really, how hard can it be? That, and I've just never taken to being told what to do.

And what I've noticed is that the writers wouldn't dream of undertaking a project without clear, concise, written instructions. But the designers? They don't hesitate to take one look at your project and in just about two shakes crank out another one just exactly like it--only better. These people are so good at this kind of thing that I don't dare leave my kid just standing around, waiting to be duplicated and improved upon.

I'm no designer--I'm a writer. And I've got an entire box of ill-conceived, poorly executed projects to show for my misplaced loyalties. But every now and then my inner artist peeks out and I get something incredible to show for my trouble. Something somebody else just can't wait to try making for herself.

Because really--if I can do it, how hard can it be?

1 comment:

Cheryl said...

This from the person who told me to rip it, hmm? I could have happily completed that sweater as was and added it to my box of poorly executed though brilliantly inspired projects. Now...we'll just have to see if I love it when it's better. Well, assuming it get's better.