Some photographers call themselves artists, some photographers only think they’re photographers. Regardless, we all aspire for success. Maybe that means finding your work in galleries or gracing the cover of Vanity Fair. Even if you aren’t a photographer (how did you get here?), everyone strives to succeed. It’s different for everyone, that’s why it’s a difficult thing to chase. It’s tough to advise someone on how to succeed if you don’t have the same dream. There is, however, some common ground. Casey Neistat, the master Youtuber, shares his mantra, his guide, and what seems to be his daily lifestyle for pursuing his dreams and succeeding.
Neistat, to me, is one of the greatest creatives of our time. That is because he is always creating. Everyday, he releases a vlog to the world. Clocking in at at least seven minutes, these vlogs follow Casey through his day, showing his work, some entertaining moments, and a hell of a lot of fantastic anecdotes. You may say that not every vlog he posts is good, interesting or remotely important. So what? He is creating every single day. That is what matters. I firmly believe that creativity is a muscle that must be exercised constantly. If you want to be the Mr. Olympia of the visual arts, you have to use every minute you have to create.
In one of his latest videos titled ‘Follow Your Dreams,’ Neistat instills the idea that we can do anything we want to. Essentially, we will either achieve that dream or we will die trying. While that may seem very black and white, I don’t think there is much of a grey area. There is a level of commitment required to achieve personal success. Some people will never bring their dreams to reality because they feel lazy or they may become complacent with dreaming. Others will get out there and give it all they have until they have nothing left to give. I sure hope that this video inspires you to dream and to achieve.