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Make Good Art: Neil Gaiman’s Advice To Graduates

It’s that time of year, many people of all ages participating in the pomp and circumstance that is graduation.  Congratulations to all who have managed to complete another one of life’s milestones and receive a diploma. 

To help celebrate the great achievements of Nerdist graduates all over the globe, here’s Neil Gaiman’s address to the University of the Arts, Class of 2012, about the trials and tribulations of both failure and success.  It’s eloquent, funny and very inspirational.

No matter what your area of expertise, an artistic pursuit enriches your life, whether it be music, photography, writing, drawing, podcasting, cosplay, building a website… the possibilities are only limited by your imagination.  These skills are never a waste of time; You’d be surprised how much they translate to your chosen career.  In the wise words of Neil Gaiman. “Leave the world more interesting for your being here.  Make good art.”


  1. Aidan says:

    That’s MY school! My face still hurts from smiling so hard when I found out he was giving the speech.

  2. I watched this a couple of days ago. As a writer I found it to be beautifully motivational and just… true.