What an amazing experience. After three months interning in the studio of one of the most inspiring and inspirational artists for me, I got to chat with Shepard Fairey a bit on my last day. I wanted to ask him about keeping motivation when it seems like everyone is trying to stop your creativity. The guy has had so many people bad mouth and try to shut him down for creating art and being a successful living and breathing artist, so I asked him about what kept him going.
He was able to break it down pretty simply after chatting a bit about the inevitability of haters, (as close to word for word as I can remember) "there are those that build and those that tear down. It's always going to be easier to destroy, but me, I'm a builder and if I give into those that destroy its like giving into the dark side."
Good words for me as I start a new chapter in my creative career. To be able to get a behind the scenes glimpse of the amount of work that this artist has created and how much influence he has had on the whole art world, has been invaluable. The world better watch out, I'm bringing fire to the game and every amazing person I've gotten to meet, and every opportunity I've had thus far is not going to be for nothing.
So appreciative, so excited, so inspired everyday by the possibilities.