Get your ideas out there, nothing is precious.
Ryan tries to utilize ideas from the past when attacking new projects. He explains, “Along the process, I would share small snippets of ideas, things that I had tacked to my bulletin board as pieces of inspiration. Maybe half ended up getting into the final version, but just having it near me and showing others what was going through my mind and creating that larger mood definitely worked in my favor when I was making.”
For everyday productivity, Ryan imposes some barriers between his work and stimulus from the outside world. As he explains, “I try to stay off of iChat and use the internet only first thing in the morning or at night. Those are the big distractions. Staying organized is really important for streamlining just a general working process. I have somewhat of a messy way of keeping things ordered. There are lots of piles of papers and books and drawers full of things. It’s mostly my mind that is the handiest when trying to keep all these pieces making sense, although I make plenty of one word reminders on scrap paper every day.”
As for Ryan’s greatest frustration and challenge: “Having trust in yourself is the hardest and greatest. I have zero advice on how to get it.”
I’m inspired by this Chuck Close quote: “Inspiration is for amateurs. The rest of us just show up and get to work.”
Ryan is an advocate for sharing ideas liberally and patience. He proclaims, “Get your ideas out there, nothing is precious, and time will fix the mistakes you made earlier.”