Desperation will force your creativity to emerge
Chad Grills

Depressing. Horatio Alger redux. How many of us have this kind of extraversion and drive? I prefer the success story of a guy like Harvey Pekar who worked a state job almost his whole adult life while putting out one issue of his “American Splendor” adult comic book per year. He got on Letterman in the mid-80s and gradually became financially independent on his creative work. He was nothing like Carrey; mostly grumpy and aggressive.

Desperation is a catalyst for creativity, but it doesn’t necessarily mean you’re going to produce quality content. Look at Ed Wood’s films, for example.

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