‎A few things. First and foremost, the dedication to put in thousands and thousands of hours worth of practice. A willingness to take the initiative and create and learn for yourself. A strength of mind to not get sucked in to a “scene” and to work out what YOU like to make and to focus on that, rather than parroting the creation of others. Tenacity to overcome hard times. Practicality to accept working a shit job to sustain yourself while you build a creative career. Humility to accept that clients will change and control jobs. Control to retain your sanity whilst spending days alone with financial and personal uncertainty looming over your shoulder as you force yourself to continue creating and growing. Gratitude once things do come together that you’ve accomplished something. Then, just the drive to keep moving forward.
JUSTIN MALLER interviewed by T-Squat