“Someone on the internet thinks what you’re doing is stupid, or evil, or it’s all been done before? Make good art.”

by Maria Popova @ brainpickings.org

A fantastic speech by Neil Gaiman, addressing the 2012 graduating class of the University of the Arts in Philadelphia. Gaiman himself never graduated from college — in fact, he never even enrolled in college — yet he earned his place in literary culture as one of the most celebrated and prolific writers working today. Here, he imparts several pieces of life-wisdom on young people beginning a career in the arts, summarized below.