Friday, October 3, 2008

Jerry Maguire on Illustration

This is kinda random, but here goes.  I have movies playing as background noise most of the time I'm illustrating.  I heard a line in Jerry Maguire that I think applies to what Illustrators do.  Jerry is talking to Rod Tidwell and dialog goes like this...
  "I'll tell you why you don't have your ten million dollars yet.  Right now you are a paycheck player.  You play with your head, not your heart.  In your personal life- heart!  But when you get on the field it's all about what you didn't get, who's to blame, who under threw the pass, who's got a contract you don't, who's not giving you your love.  You  know what? - That's NOT what inspires people.  Just shut up and play the game!  Play it from your heart!  And you know what?  I'll show you the "quan".  And that's the truth- that's the truth!  Can you handle it?  It's just a question between friends.  You knowwww?!"
  So here's 2 things he said that I think can make an illustrator more successful AND happy...
1) "Don't be a paycheck player/illustrator"  Don't make it just about the money.  Make it about the pure enjoyment/fun/passion of creating with your own unique talent.  If you're enjoying what your illustrating it's gonna be WAY better than if it's just a paycheck.  And the better work you do, the more work you will get.
2) "Play it/illustrate it from your heart".  Illustrating from your heart is different for each illustrator but so important.  Art Directors (and you) can tell when you just "crank" it out and when you illustrate it with passion and heart.  The more heart you use in illustration the more people will want to use you- because people who have passion and heart for what they do "inspire people".  If your clients are inspired by you and your work- you're most likely building a strong "personal relationship" that will lead to more work opportunities.  And that's my random thought on Jerry Maguire and illustration...
 

1 comment:

PotatoMamma said...

Hey Scott, it's not random it's very to the point - thanks for the post. You're totally right! As illustrators we're in the great position to do something we love. We should take the opportunity and also choose work that we love. I know an illustrator back home who works for advertising - he's been telling me many times that he'd prefer to do something creative too, something that comes out of his heart, not just out of an art director's briefing. Did he ever do it? No. He keeps talking about it and doesn't change anything. Illustrating for advertising can be great, but if your heart is not in it, why do it? Follow your heart folks! And then the money will follow (nothing wrong with money haha).

Astrid