i was having a great discussion with two close friends the other day. one is a chef, brad bridges, and the other is a hairdresser, ali conley. we were talking about being in over our heads sometimes. you know that spot......you're around industry people that are way ahead of you in skill and experience......working along side of a well respected professional....trying not to look like an idiot. it's exciting to be there!! we feel nervous and produce lot's of sweat, but that's where we grow and learn the most. learning under pressure is easy because of the amount of attention and focus applied at the time. we also get to see the foundational basics as well as the tricks that these creatives use.
another thing we learn in these times(and to me arguably the best thing) is sensing what is great. in the case of brad, he was able to taste food cooked by an industry great........brad can't ever taste some things the same again because of it. i've been in a room with a couple of guys i look up to a lot in the hair industry and i've seen them nail a perfect 5 point(tim harley) or design a great style(robert lobetta)......i won't reach that level for a while, but i also will not be satisfied until i do. experiencing greatness doesn't allow us to let the norm slide in our own work. if our senses are heightened and we continue to ignore that level of awareness, then we betray what we know is right. it's the same as playing sports with people better than you.....it will either make you better or make you quit. i prefer to get better, do you?