“Success is the ability to go from failure to failure with no loss of enthusiasm.” Winston Churchill
This quote has become a guiding mantra for my life as well as Art is Power. When I lead mural projects, workshops, or teach academics to young adults, this mantra is chanted before embarking on any learning experience. It is a philosophy that encourages me to explore, experiment, and trust my intuition. It’s the attitude behind leaving a fulfilling job that I loved, draining my retirement, and selling my possessions in order to make a film, something I knew nothing about. I never went to film school. I didn’t know my way around a camera, and I knew nothing about marketing. Despite all of this, I’ve traveled to over 16 countries and interviewed some of the most notable minds on the planet. I’ve learned how to make movies, and have made a few pretty good ones amongst a bunch of pretty bad ones. Falling on my face and picking myself up has become a dance that I am growing more graceful in. It is a dance that I will continue to develop for the rest of my life.
It is not always an easy dance, but when someone I admire like Stacy Peralta explains that his life has been lived in this way, I feel encouraged and validated. From being the world’s top skater, to creating Powell Peralta and the Bones Brigade, to making ground breaking films, Stacy is a successful artist. His words are a testament to the power of the creative process and exemplify the the power of creativity and any art form.
Here is a particularly memorable quote from the interview:
“The number one thing that you don’t need to succeed in life is self-confidence. Now if you have it, that’s great, but if you don’t have it, you don’t need it. You don’t need talent to succeed. If you have talent, that’s fantastic, but if you don’t that’s fine. If you are filled with self-doubt and you are filled with insecurity and unknowing, that is completely fine.”