Monday, October 01, 2007

How Do You Polish a Turd?

Sorry for slacking on the posts. I've been really busy.

I'd like to take this opportunity to discuss a deep concept - turd polishing. This comes from the saying "You can't polish a turd!" This means you can take something that's not so great and try to make it look better. Urban Dictionary defines it as:

The act of trying to make something hopelessly weak and unattractive appear strong and appealing. An impossible process that usually results in a larger, uglier turd.

She tried to look more attractive by getting plastic surgery, but let's face it, you can't polish a turd.

So, following this logic, a turd is a turd is a turd. As an artist (and a member of the human race), lots of opportunities seem to present themselves for polishing turds. One is ambitious and excited about some pursuit or another and sooner or later winds up with a turd in one's hands. The source of said turd doesn't necessarily see the turd for the turd it is, but the receiver knows it's a turd. (Let's face it -- none of us is blameless in creating and flinging a turd into another's open hand.)

My question is what do you do with the foreign turd in your hand that someone expects you to polish? The turd could be a project at work, a script, an enforced relationship with another artist, a crappy design, a friend's kid that you have to give a job to cut them a break, etc. Do you drop it like it's hot? Do you try to polish it in hopes it will become a gold brick instead of a turd? Do you polish it, all the while knowing it will be nothing more than a shiny turd? I want to know YOU deal with turds. Email me at and tell me, America. I plan on being an artist for a good, long while and I need to figure out how to deal now.


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