Nick Cave on Motivation

In his mailing list, The Red Hand Files, this week, Nick Cave responds to comments from other artists about their troubles with motivation:

Every time I set foot in my studio, intentions blazing, I crumble with pathetic and flaccid paralysis. Do it, paint. No. Fuck. Why not?

And he responds with some harsh but useful words on what it means to do creative, artistic work:

What makes our particular job so exceptional that it requires inspiration or a muse to do it? We are artists and we labour in the service of others. It is not something we do only if and when we feel motivated – we create because it is our responsibility to do so. In this respect our occupation is no different than that of most people. Does an ordinary adult go to work only if they feel in the mood? Do doctors? Do labourers? Do teachers?

Read the Entire Response Here →