Over on The Great Discontent they have a really great interview with Jon Contino, the Brooklyn based artist and designer. I’ve worked with Jon on a bunch of projects for the site and it feels like I know him, but it’s great to be able to read about his life, how he got to where he is and his passions. This is my favorite question from the interview.
Are you satisfied creatively?
No. Definitely not. There’s no way it’ll ever happen. I get to do stuff that I enjoy, but there are so many things I could be doing that I either don’t have the time for or don’t yet have the skills for. I am satisfied to the extent that I’m in a position where I get to decide what I want to do. Years ago, I didn’t have that luxury. In that sense, I’m happy, but there are still people who don’t know my name, companies I haven’t worked for, and things I haven’t done yet. I think that if you’re an artist and you’re satisfied, then you’re a failure—honestly. There’s more out there than you could ever imagine. If you’re satisfied, you’re done being an artist.