My wife and I were watching Jerry Seinfeld’s new webisode series “Comedians in Cars Drinking Coffee.”
You should probalby stop reading this post right now and go watch it.
OK, fun right?
In this episode, Michael Richards (Kramer) and Jerry talk about the creative process of making “Seinfeld”. I transcribed this rich dialog from the video.
Michael: You know those performers who just love it?
Michael: There’s always a struggle with me.
Jerry: Meh. No. No. I don’t accept the judging of process. It doesn’t matter that you like to rehearse with your nose up against the flat, sayin’ lines. That doesn’t matter.
Michael: You used to see me back there doing that, huh?
Jerry: Yes. We’re all trying to get to the same island. Whether you swim, fly, surf, or skydive in…it doesn’t matter. What matters is when the red light comes on.
Michael: OK. Because sometimes I look back at the show and I think I should’ve enjoyed myself more.
Jerry: Michael, I could say that myself. But that was not our job. Our job is not for us to enjoy it, our job was to make sure they enjoy it. And that’s what we did. That’s what we did.
Michael: Ya know, that’s beautiful, that’s beautiful…
So rich. I loved seeing these incredibly talented (and hilarious) people have a heart-to-heart about the creative process of producing such an epic show.
And I can empathize with Michael Richards. I can get too serious while working on creative projects. When I think back, I do have regrets about how I get to the island Jerry refers to.
But should I feel that way? Should you?
What do you think about the creative process?
Who do we create for? Ourselves, others, or both?
“What matters is when the red light comes on.” True?