If you’re having one of those days where you’re bashing your head against your keyboard or throwing your paints at the wall in utter disgust because you think you kind of suck….well, this clip is just for you.
The Gap is based on American public radio personality Ira Glass‘ (host and producer of the show This American Life) discussion on how to get somewhere in the creative industry. His edict has become a go-to for all despairing creatives when they’re having an off day. In a nutshell Glass puts things into perspective, stating that there’s always going to be a gap between the quality of one’s work when you begin at something and the vision of what you think you should be producing. I know I’ve been there and it made me chuckle.
Glass’ dialogue has been reinterpreted numerous times and the film featured on Frontier today is by Daniel Sax, who was inspired by David Shiyang Liu’s version of the same audio clip (check it out here). Sax communicates Glass’ message with a bang, using humour that instantly engages the viewer. The use of alphabet spaghetti, carved cucumbers and random business cards takes you on a curious visual ride, it’s definitely original and matches the tone of the message brilliantly. If you’re into this there’s a lot more to sample on Daniel’s website here.
When I came across The Gap I had a warm fuzzy ‘aha’ moment, and realized that, yes, you’ve got to make make make and make some more to get anywhere. I hope you enjoy and feel just that little bit more inspired!