Rick Rubin on Creativity

Tim Anderson
2 min readNov 24, 2023

some gems for your inspiration…

I first picked up this timely book when it was released. Rick Rubin is a highly respected and awarded music producer. Over the years, his creative intelligence has gained a very wide and appreciative audience. I highly recommend this book if you are either living a creative life or would desire to. One class I teach is “Photography: Developing a Creative Vision.” Rubin, however, teaches us to develop a creative mind. Below are a few of his thinkings…. Enjoy!

  • Living life as an artist is a practice.
    You are either engaging in the practice
    or you’re not.
  • All that matters is that you are making something you love, to the best of your ability, here and now.
  • In terms of priority, inspiration comes first. You come next. The audience comes last.
  • A river of material flows through us. When we share our works and our ideas, they are replenished. If we block the flow by holding them all inside, the river cannot run and new ideas are slow to appear.
  • Look for what you notice but no one else sees.
  • As artists, we seek to restore our childlike perception: a more innocent state of wonder and appreciation not tethered to utility or survival.
  • The act of creation is an attempt to enter a mysterious realm. A longing to transcend. What we create allows us to share glimpses of an inner landscape, one that is beyond our understanding. Art is our portal to the unseen world.
  • Awareness is not a state you force. There is little effort involved, though persistence is key. It’s something you actively allow to happen. It is a presence with, and acceptance of, what is happening in the eternal now.
  • Part of the process of letting go is releasing any thoughts of how you or your piece will be received. When making art, the audience comes last. Let’s not consider how a piece will be received or a release strategy until the work is finished and we love it.

The Creative Act: A Way of Being, Rick Rubin



Tim Anderson

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