The power of personal projects, with Xanthe Berkeley

“It pushes me to create in a different way. It pushes me to create just for me.”

Xanthe Berkeley is a photographer and videographer with a penchant for stop-frame photography and cheerful colour. A a self-confessed ‘project fountain’, she’s able to chart her own creative and professional development by the projects and assignments she has embraced along the way. By the end of this episode I defy anyone to not want to find their own new initiative, and follow in Xanthe’s footsteps creating for pleasure and passion without caring about the response.

Xanthe’s Instagram | Vimeo | Twitter | ‘Make Films’ Video course | website | Flickr

Things we talked about:

“Nobody tells this to people who are beginners, I wish someone told me. All of us who do creative work, we get into it because we have good taste. But there is this gap. For the first couple years you make stuff, it’s just not that good. It’s trying to be good, it has potential, but it’s not. But your taste, the thing that got you into the game, is still killer. And your taste is why your work disappoints you. A lot of people never get past this phase, they quit. Most people I know who do interesting, creative work went through years of this. We know our work doesn’t have this special thing that we want it to have. We all go through this. And if you are just starting out or you are still in this phase, you gotta know its normal and the most important thing you can do is do a lot of work. Put yourself on a deadline so that every week you will finish one story. It is only by going through a volume of work that you will close that gap, and your work will be as good as your ambitions. And I took longer to figure out how to do this than anyone I’ve ever met. It’s gonna take awhile. It’s normal to take awhile. You’ve just gotta fight your way through.”–Ira Glass

Also, just FYI: when you hear Xanthe say “play with yourself”, we both broke down into hysterical 12-year-old giggles and had to restart a few minutes later ??. Can’t think why my editor took that out! #TotesProfesh

Have a great week!

S x