I love the lack of emotion on T-Rex’s face, like he cannot wait for Son of Kong to finish his song and dance so he can dropkick him in the chest and go get something to eat.
ALYSSA MILANO CAN BEAT UP PRESIDENTS
OF COURSE SHE CAN. HER FATHER IS JOHN MATRIX.
Anonymous asked: Hi Tom. How do you deal with that one guy who hates your work? How do you get a thicker skin as a creative person? How do you stop yourself going down a spiral of self-loathing when someone talks shit about something you worked very hard on?
I think everybody handles it differently. I think step one would be to surround yourself with like-minded creative people whose opinions you really value. Being able to commiserate with someone over that hateful review or comment or tweet or private message or whatever takes a whole lot of the weight off of your shoulders. For example, a hundred years ago I wanted to be a musician. So, I played open mics all over my hometown, just going in cold and not knowing anyone. But I would sit around and talk to all the other people who had signed up, so when each of us got up to play, it wouldn’t matter how terrible we were, because we could look across the bar or coffee shop or whatever at the others and just kind of smile and shrug it off. That story seemed a lot more relevant and poignant in my head, but I guess what I’m trying to say is you need to start off doing two things: one, you need to be creative for yourself, and not for anyone else. You write or paint or sing that thing until it is everything you wanted it to be. Two, when you decide that thing is ready to be shared with the entire world, you also make sure to share it with at least one person whose opinion really matters to you. The support and advice of a trusted friend or colleague is all the armor you need.
There’s more to it, of course - the creative business is roughly 99% cold, remorseless rejection (and some of that rejection is bitterly personal). You have to be content to beat your head against the wall for a very, very long time with little to no encouragement from the rest of the world. And you’ll build up a fine callous, to be sure, but you’re still going to have those days when you just feel like crying and self-destructing in an explosion of pizza and ice cream. But as long as you’re happy with what you’re creating (more or less), and you have a good group of people who are going through the same thing and can help shoulder the burden, it should keep things from getting too terribly dark. The sting will gradually fall off most of the negativity you get hit with until it eventually just becomes something you show to your friends and laugh at.
*triumphant guitar solo*
*the top gun theme, probably*
"I CHANGED MY MIND, YOU GUYS. IT WAS GODZILLA THE WHOLE TIME."