Neil Gaiman Gives Sage Advice to Aspiring Artists

“I want to be a director, and I’ve been told that there are enough artists in the world, and that’s not something I should pursue. Do you [agree with that]?”

A young woman put that question to sci-fi and fantasy writer Neil Gaiman at The Connecticut Youth Forum last week. And he responded with an answer that might sound familiar, especially if you viewed the thoughtful commencement speech he gave at The University of the Arts in Philadelphia last spring. There, he gave 10 Essential Tips for Working in the Arts, and, if you have a really sharp memory, you’ll recall suggestions #6 and #10.

  • Make your own art, meaning the art that reflects your individuality and personal vision.
  • Leave the world more interesting than it was before.

They’re wise tips, but they’re better taken in conjunction with suggestions 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, and 9. Watch them all here. And don’t miss our collection of Free Neil Gaiman Stories, available in text, audio and video.

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