Training & Inspiration

Every week, I get 3 hours with 60-70 students looking to equip themselves for the dark and evil world that is the creative industry. Before every class, I find myself having to choose between:

  1. inspiring these kids to create the uncreated and,
  2. training them in skills and tools to be able to do so

One might argue that both go hand in hand, equally and inseparably. I argue otherwise, stemming from an amalgamation of failed attempts, the awkwardness of the classroom setup and the sheer possibility that my competency as an educator is severely lacking.

My concession so far has been to give them the training and hope that when inspiration finds them, their tools will take them the distance.

How the heck can one claim to teach inspiration anyways?