Cyber-psychologist Berni Goode talking about Flow on Charlie Brooker’s How Videogames Changed the World.
Flow is extremely important. So, so important.
It’s what keeps some people sane. It’s what drives the world’s most skilled and accomplished athletes, the most intense gamers, the hardcore hobbyists, even many of the most talented artists, musicians and actors - flow is what you get when unstoppable drive meets an unflinching will and unlimited dedication.
Flow is being utterly, truly “in the zone”. And it’s one of the most amazing feelings there is.
This is why finding a sport, or a hobby, or a martial art, or a handicraft, or a new video game, or any skill-based activity that uses focus and requires practice and repetition is so beneficial for things like depression and anxiety and overall mental/physical well-being.
…this is something I’ve been cultivating within my life without understanding what it is or how it works.
Huh. Well that was enlightening. As a fleshed-out concept, that is.
for context, I am an arcade world record holder who will sit at a single machine for 6-8 hour stretches, a knitter and I never lost a Tetris tournament in high school (programming teacher had competitions all the time, many candy bars were relinquished to me)
Good to see the psychology behind this. This is legit too, I develop video games for a living, and we talk about flow all the time, in level design, in pipelines, in art, pretty much everywhere. It’s very deliberate in game design.
I’m not an artist, but I have more than a few friends who are, so I thought this might be a good thing to post.
I used to do freelance illustration and gd, this is sound advice.
No free work and get paid on signing the contract. Otherwise they will take ur shit and never pay you.
Never send anything in to be ‘chosen’ unless it’s a comp. If u send any work in they must pay you for it even if they decide they’re ‘not going to use it after all’.
If you are going to do free work, own it, lock stock and barrel.
All good advice that I learned the hard way. I wish someone had told me about this stuff when I was first starting out.