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Letters to an Artist

December 5, 2011

Kristin Harris shared this excerpt from Letters to a Young Artist. (Not to be confused with the equally insightful Letters to a Young Poet for all you Rainer Rilke fans.)

The artist Xu Bing responds to the query of a recent art school graduate plagued by the question: is it possible to maintain one’s integrity … and participate in the art world?

Bing’s response is priceless and filled with wisdom every young (and old) artist should read and re-read. Some highlights for me:

Have courage when it comes to your future and your artistic responsibilities, it is the first condition of success.

Using your limitations well transforms them into a strength.

The majority of people spend time working other jobs to support themselves. It may seem like wasting time that could be used for creating art, but as long as you are a true artist every field that you are engaged in outside of art circles will produce treasure, which sooner or later will be used in the creation of art.

You must bring something new and original for the public to have a reason to accept you. Too many artists already know how to make “standard” contemporary art.

Your plight and your problems are actually the source of your artistic creation.

A good artist is a thinking person, adept at translating thoughts into the language of art.

Steven Fischer at Script DC

October 19, 2009

Script DC is a conference for screenwriters and takes place each year, as one would suspect, in Washington, DC. This year I was asked to speak with Lisa Goldman and Kristin Harris on the subject of Writing for Animation. The audience was comprised of both novice and professional writers, all eager to participate and ask questions. We screened some of our respective animation work and answered questions on everything from basic format to breaking into “the biz” and the relationship between the writer and the animator.

I enjoy speaking at events like this because it gives me a chance to contribute and share the lessons I’ve learned along my journey.

Lisa and Kristin are great people and terrific animators. Lisa is the president of Women in Animation, and Kristin runs a successful business called Kristin Harris Design.

Steven Fischer and Lisa Goldman speak about Writing for Animation at Script DC 2009 (photo: Amy Stern).

Steven Fischer and Lisa Goldman speak about Writing for Animation at Script DC 2009 (photo: Amy Stern).