Yesterday I was speaking to my Art Prof partner Thomas Lerra, about the pacing of the project and whether I was doing everything that I “should” be doing at this point. Tom has been so important to Art Prof because he has several decades of experience in digital production and strategy that I simply don’t have. I’ve taught my studio courses at RISD so many times, that I have confidence in my ability to evaluate where my students should be at midterm, and what I expect to see by the end of the semester. With Art Prof, I have no clue about what type of timeline I’m supposed to be on. Most of the time, I feel like I am just making things up as I go along, which is really exhilarating, but also tough as well!
For me, comparisons to athletics always work well when I think about my projects, specifically, marathons. The three years we spent developing Art Prof was the training period before you run the actual marathon. Launching Artprof.org was us starting the actual marathon itself.
Now comes the tough part: you just have to keep going for a while, and to a certain degree, it’s simply a matter of time. I think in some ways this can be the most challenging part of the process. At the beginning of the marathon, there’s the initial thrill of getting started which is really exciting. Then that adrenaline rush dies down and you realize how much further you have to go.
I’m a pretty impatient person by nature, so Art Prof is definitely testing my patience to a degree that I never thought was possible. Generally speaking, I can stay focused on the crazy multitude of tasks I have to do every day to maintain video production and keep Artprof.org maintained. However lately, I’ve had some brief moments of sinking doubt that I really need to break out of. Coming up with ideas and producing content for Art Prof is the easy part. The most difficult part is keeping your faith in the project.
Tom said to me yesterday that at some point, a “bike” might appear that we can ride on for the marathon. But until then, I have to keep running.