Welcome! My name is Alan Shisko, and I'm a freelance motion graphics artist working out of Toronto, Canada. I've been very lucky in my career to have had many inspiring teachers, and decided to start this blog to give back to the community that has enriched me both technically and aesthetically. Perhaps my words and images will inspire you to do the same! If you wish, take a minute to view my demo reel at Shisko.com, or view a comprehensive gallery of my past work Here.

Tuesday, May 08, 2007

Ira Glass on Getting Started

A client sent me a link to this inspirational post. If you want to view all four episodes, check them out here.


Chuck said...


What a great post. I guess we all need that every once in a while. As creatives, and myself as an autodidact, we all seem to have this really high standard we set for ourselves, and, especially first starting out (as I am), can't seem to always achieve that level of craftsmanship. Myself I feel that occasionally I will 'stumble' upon some quasi-greatness in my after effects work, and the rest of the time nearly loathe the work that I am doing. It's always nice to see this sort of support within the creative industry, and hopefully when I my work is to a level worthy of public scrutiny, I can reciprocate.

Alan Shisko said...

I might add that as a creative, you might NEVER get past the feeling that what you're doing can be improved upon, nor, I think, should you. Striving for 'something better' is the engine that keeps my work interesting, in both a visual 'results' sense and in a 'job satisfaction' sense. 'Stumbling' (or serendipity) certainly has a lot to do with things!

I was looking at my demo reel from 1999 the other day, and had a pretty good laugh: not a day goes by that I don't think I'll look at my demo reel from 2007 and have a good chuckle. But as you do more and more work, take comfort that the loathing genereally decreases :)