Ira Glass Doesn't Want You to Give Up!

My coordinator was sitting (come to think of it, she was laying...despondently...) in my office a few days ago, listless and demotivated and lamenting how difficult and overwhelming it is to create and get your work noticed in Los Angeles and the entertainment industry in general. She had just seen a panel of the Oscar-nominated screenwriters speak, and she was simultaneously totally jazzed and totally dismayed, as we all so often are when we see someone doing the thing we want to do (and doing it well).

Whether you're in entertainment or any other business, you've certainly had this experience as well - that moment of questioning, that feeling of futility. That burning question of, "Am I going to 'make it'? Am I going to be successful? What even is success?"

I experienced this after seeing Little Miss Sunshine. I acutely remember the feeling of pure joy at seeing such an absolutely perfect movie while simultaneously feeling like a total loser for not creating - not even being close to creating - a masterpiece like this. What was I doing in Los Angeles, if I wasn't making beautiful works of art like this movie? Was I just wasting my time? Should I move back to Michigan and open a Chick-Fil-A? (a lucrative move because there aren't any there and it would make a killing.**)

Anyway, back to my coordinator. She was laying there, literally moaning, when my no-nonsense producer walked in. When she heard my coordinator's plight, she simply turned to my computer, pulled this up, and commanded, "Watch this now."

And so I say the same to you - watch it. Watch it now.


THE GAP by Ira Glass from Daniel Sax on Vimeo.

Afterwards, my producer turned to us and said, "Do you feel better?"

My coordinator nodded meekly and said, "I am going to watch this every hour on the hour for the rest of my life."

It's a lovely reminder that we're all works in progress. We're all on our way to creating or becoming something magnificent...the important thing is to not lose hope, to not become disheartened along the way.

So if you're in the gap right now...just hang on. Just keep making stuff, keep plowing along, and you will get to where you want to be. You will grow. You will get better. You will succeed.

My goodness, don't you just love Ira Glass?


**It turns out there's one on Oakland University's campus. Amanda (my sister-in-law) - are you eating there every day, like you should be?