Willing to work for free to prove yourself is a great little distinction. But it’s worthless by itself.
Creative teachers know that two processes are foundational in any educational enterprise, pre-school through graduate school: first, some form of collaborative group work and, second, going through the research process to present logical conclusions.
We get it. You’re passionate about what you do. And that’s great. But, will your body of work live up to your blab?
We may have this big giant internet to express ourselves, but the outpouring of expression has created these very specific and distinct taste silos — increasingly, we’re being governed by a greater power that’s telling us what we can and cannot like.
Being productive is really a battle. It’s the worst kind of battle: a battle against yourself.
For the first couple years you make stuff, it’s just not that good. It’s trying to be good, it has potential, but it’s not. But your taste, the thing that got you into the game, is still killer.