Being in the creative industry is no joke. It is the hardest yet least appreciated.

Architecture in the Philippines is never different. Great ideas are hard to come by yet people wouldn’t want to pay big amounts of money for drawings on paper. It’s heartbreaking, especially that we not only do art but science as well. Sorry for the rant but now that I am aware of the real world, I realized nothing is within the idealistic views taught inside the classrooms. But hey, the construction industry is booming, I heard the economy is doing good, we’ll never know.

So my point is, fellow creative people (yes, I am including myself in the circle, walang kokontra), it may be hard but we do what we do because we love doing it. Worry not now, with the help of my friends, I’m going to share 10 7 out of the 10 things nobody told you about being creative from Austin Kleon’s book, STEAL LIKE AN ARTIST.

There is no original idea.

Every artist gets asked the question, “Where do you get your ideas?”
The honest artist answers, “I steal them.”

An artist is a collector. Not a hoarder, mind you, there’s a difference: hoarders collect indiscriminately, the artist collects selectively. They only collect things that they really love.

If I waited to know “who I was” or “what I was about” before I started “being creative”, well, I’d still be sitting around trying to figure myself out instead of making things. In my experience, it’s in the act of making things that we figure out who we are.

You’re ready. Start making stuff.
You might be scared. That’s natural.

 So my advice is to find a way to bring your body into your work. Draw on the walls. Stand up when you’re working. Spread things around the table.

Use your hands.

This is definitely for me.

So the lesson is: take time to mess around. Have a hobby. It’s good for you, and you never know where it may lead you…

I’m glad I have this blog.

It’s a two step process.

Step one, “do good work,” is incredibly hard. There are no shortcuts. Make stuff every day. Fail. Get better.

Step two, “put it where people can see it,” was really hard up until about 10 years ago. Now, it’s very simple: “put your stuff on the internet.”

Again, I’m glad I have this blog.

Kurt Vonnegut said it best: “There’s only one rule I know of: goddamn it, you’ve got to be kind.”


The thing is: art takes a lot of energy to make. You don’t have that energy if you waste it   on other stuff.


Hope you liked that sneak peek. I won’t divulge everything because yooouuu should grab a copy! It’s an excellent read. It’s also a good wishlist for this season’s countless gift exchanging!

Soooo, do you have any tip to share?

UPDATE: AUSTIN KLEON himself posted our pictures on his TUMBLR! Sikat na tayo friends!!!!