What inspires me?
I of course am inspired by greatness, just like anyone else. To see someone blow away the confines of normality. An artist, that effortlessly paints a masterpiece, with you just sitting there unbelieving of how easy it is. But I think that I am more inspired to see how those same people screw up. To see how it wasn’t smooth and how they are just like the rest of us. To see the way they work is how I work and that I am NOT doing it all wrong. To see that when you constantly redo the same gesture over and over again, amassing a pile of papers next to your desk, that the greats do the same thing. That is truly inspiring.
It instills the confidence needed to do great things. To push boundaries of convention. You are no longer focused on the technique of your task. You are now focused on your task and how to drive it forward. The technique means nothing if the outcome is right. This very concept is so important for any artist, whether they are a writer, painter, sculptor, or director. There is no right way to do it. There is only a right outcome and even then that gets a bit hazy.
I am a firm believer that when it comes down to your goals, it is your journey that makes the person. Again there is no right or wrong answer to this. Its what you get out of it. Can you learn from your mistakes? It is how comfortable you are with your path. YOU only have YOU to answer to. You can look for inspiration in all the greats, and yes that is a good place to start, but it comes down to you. YOU make it happen. YOU make the choices. YOU are the director of your masterpiece. We sometimes forget that, but those truly are words to live by.