You may know that Taylor Swift is a creative and dramatic singer.
You may know that she is also a songwriter.
But if you assume that all her commercial success came from herself, then you are wrong.
There are a lot of people who've made great contribution to this icon's triumph.
And one of the most important ones of them all is Jack Antonoff.
He is Taylor's producer and a musician himself.
Don't get me wrong. Jack is not just a producer for Taylor Swift.
He is Taylor Swift's main producer.
2017 has been a fruitful year for him, because besides Taylor's new album Reputation he also produced quite a lot other eye-catching pop records like Lorde's Melodrama and St. Vincent's Masseduction.
2017 年对他来说是硕果累累的一年，因为他不光为霉霉创作了新专辑 Reputation，同时还制作出了其他很多夺人眼球的流行音乐，例如洛德的 Melodrama 以及圣文森特的 Masseduction。
Being creative is not easy for anyone, even if it's someone as productive as Jack Antonoff that we're talking about.
And his advice is:
If it's too big, don't look at it.
“If, on January 1, 2017, someone laid out in front of me that I was going to make the Lorde record and the St. Vincent record and the stuff with Taylor Swift, I’d say I couldn’t do it.
“如果 2017 年的 1 月有人说我会给洛德、圣文森特还有霉霉做出这些大作，我肯定会说我做不到。
But I knew they were going to get done. You slowly chip away at it one day at a time and keep your head down.
If it’s too big, don’t look at it.
If you want to do something massive, don’t look at it, because all you’re going to see is why it won’t work.
The killer of productivity is reality.”
This is the advice that Antonoff shared.
And by the way, the time he usually wakes up is between 11 a.m. and 12 p.m.
啊，对了，他通常起床的时间是中午 11 点到 12 点之间。
Right, he is not an early bird. And that's something to be despised by nearly all the success books.
But apparently he is teaching a lesson way more important than anything they taught in those books:
Life is a mess. It's already hard even if someone gave you a plan to follow.
It's much harder if your job is to create something new.
There is no shortcut for anything.
You just try everything you can and deal with it when something goes wrong.