“Art is nothing more than creativity expressed on the shortest of deadlines.” —Karl Lagerfeld
That quote is one that I always keep in mind when feeling the pressure of a deadline or even trying to fight a creative block. Deadlines are an amazing driving force and quite possibility the greatest motivation one could ever ask for. Sure they stress us out and cause tons of anxiety, but where would we be without them? In my case, I know that nothing would ever get done. I’m a bit of a scatterbrain and I’m always doing more than one thing at a time. If there wasn’t a deadline to tell me what to finish first who knows in what order it would all get done in.
If I take on a project that I know has a fast approaching deadline, inspiration comes very quickly. It’s so easy to endlessly come up with ideas when you know that something has to get done. Sometimes I even set myself personal deadlines if I’m stuck in a rut trying to come up with new ideas or solutions.
Right now between having shows coming up in both May and June, on top of regular submissions and class obligations, I have been feeling more motivated than ever. Keeping busy will always make sure the ‘idea well’ never runs dry. Of course, this presents a new problem: where you’re going to find the time to complete them all!