Must Read: A Pixar Animator’s Inspirational Letter About Persistence

As we all experience in life, we all have our ups and downs but it should not let us get our hopes and dreams out of the way.  I came across this inspirational letter from Austin Madison, an animator.

Love that advice from the paragraph “persist on telling your story” and it could be applied to anyone and everyone in this planet.

It may be difficult work, but to live out your dreams, persistence is a key to success.




May 17, 2011

To Whom it May Inspire,

I, like many of you artists out there, constantly shift between two states. The first (and far more preferable of the two) is white-hot, “in the zone” seat-of-the-pants, firing on all cylinders creative mode. This happens about 3% of the time.

The other 97% of the time I am in the frustrated, struggling, office-corner-full-of-crumpled-up-paper mode. The important thing is to slog diligently through this quagmire of discouragement and despair. Put on some audio commentary and listen to the stories of professionals who have been making films for decades going through the same slings and arrows of outrageous production problems.

In a word: PERSIST.

PERSIST on telling your story. PERSIST on reaching your audience. PERSIST on staying true to your vision. Remember what Peter Jackson said, “Pain is temporary. Film is forever.” And he of all people should know.

So next time you hit writers block, or your computer crashes and you lose a entire night’s work because you didn’t hit save (always hit save), just remember: you’re never far from that next burst of divine creativity. Work through that 97% of murky abyssmal mediocrity to get to that 3% which everyone will remember you for!

I guarantee you, the art will be well worth the work!

Your friend and mine,

Austin Madison


Please check out Austin Madison’s blog:

You can read Austin’s blog post about the Animator Letters Project:

Source: @ Cool Stuff Must Read: A Pixar Animator’s Inspirational Letter About Persistence by Alex Bellington

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