Be Unique and Play for a Living
The creation of this article actually all started back in september 2013, when I visited the creative conference Reasons to be Creative in Brighton, where amongst many others, Jon Burgerman was giving a talk.
And what I figured out is that not just his work inspires people, but also Jon himself and his way of thinking. For example he really found something he loves doing, and Jon tries to teach us that it’s best if we “play” all day long in our lives and find something we love doing for a living. Of course he also has moments that he needs a little more motivations. But also tells us how he deals with situations like that.
Q: “….I am also wondering how you motivate yourself when you are not motivated, but do have some work to do.”
A: “Sometimes if you really have work to do and you “have to do it” then, well, you better just knuckle down and do it. You cannot be a writer if you never write. You cannot be a singer if you do not sing. You cannot be an artist if you never make art. At some point, sometimes, you have to put the hours in and get the work done. It’s not always happy or pretty or easy but that’s part of the job.”
Another important thing we can learn from his work, is that being unique is very important. If we take a look at Jon Burgerman’s work we can tell it’s unique, not just the characters on his own be also the way he combines them into a cohesive energising artwork, to evoke certain emotions and feeling from the audience. A way to be more unique, is to keep experimenting, as he also mentions in a questions about his daily schedule.
Q: “How does a regular day look like for you?”
A:”….also I work out what I want to do and if there will be time.
I’m not constantly working for clients, I feel it’s really important to have time to do your own thing, to think of ideas and experiment.”
But as always I am here to inspire you, so I won’t make this too long. Just remember to do what you love and experiment to become unique in whatever you do. Beneath some examples of the work by Jon Burgerman.