• "Artists are emo­tion­al crea­tures. We feel things deeply. We see the world around us, react to it and base our work off of those reac­tions. Our work rep­re­sents our­selves. It’s us. Not just what our bod­ies can pro­duce but what our minds and hearts have to say.
    We want peo­ple to like what we do. If we didn’t, we’d just draw, paint, sculpt, dance, act and write in our own liv­ing room with no doc­u­men­ta­tion or record­ing of it. But we don’t do that because we want our work to be seen. We want to express our­selves to peo­ple and, in turn, pro­duce a reac­tion in them. Our emo­tions cre­ate the art and our art cre­ates emo­tions.
    But there are days when our emo­tions get the best of us. They let us down. They didn’t give us the strength and moti­va­tion that we need when we’re dis­cour­aged or strug­gling. They con­vince us that we are “no good”. That we have no tal­ent. Or that the tal­ent we do have us not as much as, or as good as, the tal­ent of anoth­er per­son.
    Ulti­mate­ly, the strug­gles that we have- the cre­ative blocks we all face- come from com­par­ing our­selves to oth­ers. I’m not as good as that per­son. I’m not as suc­cess­ful as that per­son. That per­son is at the level I want to be at and I don’t have it in me to get there. I do this con­stant­ly. But I real­ized a few years ago that what I SHOULD be doing is com­par­ing myself to myself. I find that when I step back and eval­u­ate where I’ve come from, and where I am in rela­tion to that. I feel much health­i­er. Block out all those other peo­ple and focus on YOUR work. Are you bet­ter today than you were yes­ter­day? Were you bet­ter yes­ter­day than you were the day before? Bet­ter than you were six months ago? A year ago? Twen­ty years ago? If the answer is “yes”, then you’re on the right path. If the answer is “no” you’ve got work to do. But the only per­son you have to be bet­ter than is your­self. That con­stant growth, improve­ment and evo­lu­tion is the mark of a healthy artist. Instead of look­ing around the room to see what every­one else is doing, keep your eyes on your own paper. YOU have to be the best artist you can be and the only per­son that can drive that evo­lu­tion is YOU!"
     
    Steve Ander­son - Animation Director from Disney