I began to realize how important it was to be an enthusiast in life. If you are interested in something, no matter what it is, go at it full speed ahead. Embrace it with both arms, hug it, love it and above all become passionate about it. Lukewarm is no good. Hot is no good, either. White hot and passionate is the only thing to be.”
— Roald Dahl (via secondgradefresh)
Cashing out is a myth. You will never cash out. You will never make enough. You will only spend time doing things that matter or things that don’t. Then you die. Going after the cash for its own sake is a sure shot way to ensure you’re spending time going for things that don’t. Make the cash the byproduct of doing what matters. Not the other way around.
The next real literary “rebels” in this country might well emerge as some weird bunch of anti-rebels, born oglers who dare somehow to back away from ironic watching, who have the childish gall actually to endorse and instantiate single-entendre principles. Who treat of plain old untrendy human troubles and emotions in U.S. life with reverence and conviction. Who eschew self-consciousness and hip fatigue. These anti-rebels would be outdated, of course, before they even started. Dead on the page. Too sincere. Clearly repressed. Backward, quaint, naive, anachronistic. Maybe that’ll be the point. Maybe that’s why they’ll be the next real rebels. Real rebels, as far as I can see, risk disapproval. The old postmodern insurgents risked the gasp and squeal: shock, disgust, outrage, censorship, accusations of socialism, anarchism, nihilism. Today’s risks are different. The new rebels might be artists willing to risk the yawn, the rolled eyes, the cool smile, the nudged ribs, the parody of gifted ironists, the “Oh how banal.” To risk accusations of sentimentality, melodrama. Of overcredulity. Of softness. Of willingness to be suckered by a world of lurkers and starers who fear gaze and ridicule above imprisonment without law. Who knows.”
Bruce Weber when asked “What advice do you give aspiring photographers?”
It’s not about the job; it’s about whether you’re going to have an experience and whether you’re going to be able to take nice pictures. So go, and stop thinking that every assignment has to be a job. It should be something that’s a challenge and exciting for you. A girl came up to me [recently] and [asked] how to become a really famous photographer. And I thought, “Wow, that’s the last thing you want to be.” What you want to be is a happy one, and one that has some fun.
sounds pretty good to me.