October 11, 2015

Is being a perfectionist good for creativity?



This post is following suit with the theme of avoiding perfectionism so I’m doing my best to onot correct any typos. (Although I’m now typing slowe r as well).


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Her’es some behind the scenes for the episode – 1. it took 20monutes to shoot, and 40minutes to edit.  2. I spent probably an hour thinking about what i was goign to say, and writing notes in a small pice of paper.

With the bthumbnail and blog post, it’s probably been a 3hr total round trip, compared to the usaul 30hrs+, I can see where the sissues are, but I can’t say for sure that this is my worst episode ever. I’ll be interested to see what the comments are like on this video, but it’s certainly been a lesson for mey in stripping back to what really matters – the oncontent.

ONe of teh points I didn’t articulate as well as I wouldn have liked to in the video was about ego.  To me theere is a sense of pride about perfectionism, linked in with showing people that your smart, or good at spelling, that you know what you’re doing. And being that aware of what other people think, being that self conscious doesn’t seem healthy, doesn’t seem like it is a godo environment to create. If we are careless about what people think, we have no boice saying “you can’t do that”, and that’s got to be freeing. WE don’t nneed to worry about whether people will think that we’re pretntious, or copying others, or sentimantal.

What do you think? can something good come from working less & caring less?

Simon Cade

Filmmaker, and host of DSLRguide. Since I was making my first film age 11, I have always been fascinated by the way films are produced, and the effect it can have on the audience.

  • Mayank Satpathy

    Hey simon…. I made this short film in 95 hours…. It will be great if you check it out and gimme some review…By the way thank you so much for all your videos


  • Bryce Saucier

    Definitely a really important thing to stop and think about. I think you should only stop and simplify when it gets to a certain point. You can be a perfectionist and spend as much time as possible for every video you make but you should only slow down when it begins to get in the way. As you mentioned it started to. Just know that your attention to detail and time spent isn’t completely unnoticed. Your channel got to where it is by hard work and all those hours. As you get better I’m sure the process will become less time consuming

  • Shailendra Chari

    I don’t know if being a PERFECTIONIST is GOOD or BAD for me as an advertising and creative person but I have a big EGO about myself being a PERFECTIONIST at my work. In fact, I go to clients and tell them that I am the only one in the city who can deliver a 100% perfect job to them. I tell them that I am the only person who gets 100% involved in the work, gives 100% importance to each and every detail and who puts 100% of mind,body and soul and does it with passion. I have lot of people saying that being PERFECTIONIST is not good. But for me it is my USP – my IDENTITY and I don’t want to lose it.

  • Abhinav Katyayan

    Hello simon..this is abhinav katyayan from india and my work and i need your guidance
    my email id – abhinav.ktn@gmail

    1) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x47di_Fulz0

    2) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UlwLPcm1a90