“Sal, we gotta go and never stop going ’till we get there.’
‘Where we going, man?’
‘I don’t know but we gotta go.”
― Jack Kerouac, On the Road
When it comes to making your art, either go fast or go slow. Nothing in between will do.
When you go fast, you’ve got energy on your side. You don’t have time to think and the subconscious takes over. It might be a mess, but there’s a good chance of capturing some magic. Producing something memorable. Kerouac’s “On The Road” comes to mind.
When you go slow, you can take your time and perfect every moment. Get it to exactly where you want it to be. Maybe even exceed your expectations. Produce a new masterpiece. A stone cold classic.
There’s a story about the famous theatre director Jerzy Grotowski who wanted nine months to rehearse a production prior to opening. The producers told him no way, they just didn’t have the budget for that long a rehearsal process.
Grotowski answered back, “Okay. Give me the weekend.”