Shia LaBeouf for Interview Magazine November 2014

photography: Craig Mcdean
styling: Karl Templer

Drove 2,043.47 miles this weekend to the Pacific Northwest for an adventure. Read books, ate crepes, toured Geek Chic, visited a very sad (but tv famous) feminist bookstore & put a bird on it, had waffles through a window, walked Hawthorne, had dinner at El Gaucho and the best steak of my life and much more.



Nobody tells this to beginners.
I wish someone told me

All of us who do creative work, we get into it because we have good taste

But there is this gap

For the first couple of years you make stuff, it’s just not that good. It’s trying to be good, it has potential, but it’s not. But your taste, the thing that got you into the game, is still killer. And your taste is why your work disappoints you.

A lot of people never get past this phase.


Most people I know who do interesting, creative work went through years of this. We know our work doesn’t have this special thing that we want it to have.

We all go through this.

And if you are just starting out or you are still in this phase, you gotta know it’s normal and the most important thing you can do is

Do a lot of work

Put yourself on a deadline so that every week you’ll finish one story. It is only by going through a volume of work that you will close that gap. And you your work will be as good as your ambitions. And I took longer to figure this out than anyone I have ever met. It’s gonna take a while. It’s normal to take a while.

You just gotta fight your way through.

— Ira Glass