You know the comedian, Andy Samberg?
He was on Saturday Night Live for awhile, did a film/sketch group called The Lonely Island and is now on a sitcom called Brooklyn 99.
Recently, he sat down with Marc Maron for a podcast episode of WTF and Marc asked him about his time in film school and what it was like working on projects.
He mentioned how students would spend a lot of money on student films, but their idea wasn’t going where they wanted it to, and so they abandoned it.
Instead, Andy says, just complete the project and make it the best it could be.
…Be willing to finish something to the end. I went to film school…there were kids in my classes who would spend thousands of dollars on student films and I’d be like, “when are you finishing your thing?” And they’d say, “eh, I don’t like it.”‘But you spent all this money, why don’t you finish it?'”
Akiva (also from The Lonely Island) took that even further and said don’t just finish it, but finish it to a thing as perfect as it could be, no matter what.
It certainly isn’t going to get any better if you’re quit on it…it’s also easy to lose track of an idea halfway through. I think anyone that works on anything creative gets that feeling at some point.
That’s good. Some things will turn out to be exactly how you expect, other things will go beyond your wildest dreams, other things will fail, but you never know until you finish it. Then when it’s done, you’re ready to try again, taking the lessons learned (whatever they may be) and going forward.
From sketches to films, from songs to stories, just finish it.