Wiseness :: Bowie On Going Further

David Bowie Never Play To the Gallery

There’s no doubt that David Bowie was one of the world’s most exciting and creative artists of our time. He defied what was, and redefined what was possible. A perennial leap taker, entertainer and creative wizard. These are my most favourite of his words:

“Never play to the gallery. But you never learn that until much later on, I think. But never work for other people at what you do.

Always, always remember that the reason that you initially started working was that there was something inside yourself that you felt that if you could manifest it in some way, you would understand more about yourself and how you co-exist with the rest of society.

I think it’s terribly dangerous for an artist to fulfil other peoples’ expectations. I think they, generally, produce their worst work when they do that.

The other thing I would say, if you feel safe in the area that you’re working in, you’re not working in the right area.

Always go a little further into the water than you feel capable of being in.

Go a little bit out of your depth, and when you don’t feel that your feet are quite touching the bottom, you’re just about in the right place to do something exciting.”

– David Bowie

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