Thom Yorke gives advice on taking criticism and performing

By MediaMonkey

January 20, 2024

Thom Yorke’s The Smile project did a Q and A at London’s Prince Charles Cinema last night, promoting their new album. During it, Yorke gave some advice for anxiety over performing and taking criticism. NME had a reporter there and saved these words:

“You have to stand up in front of people, even if it’s difficult, because it has to become real,” Yorke replied. “You have to share it with other human beings because it’s a form of communication, you know? However you figure out communication, you have to be comfortable doing it. You don’t work for yourself.

“We’re human beings, we’re social creatures, and you’ll be surprised – I think always – what you’ll get back from people. If you’re in a good place, bad feedback is useful. If you love what you’re doing, it has to be able to withstand that process.”

Yorke added: “At art school, I was kicked out of painting just because everyone said, ‘You’re shit, get out!’ – which was fair enough, I really was. I went AWOL for three months and came back better because of it. It was like something I had to go through.

“If you’re choosing to work in the creative industry, you have to be able to stand up and show what you do somehow. Otherwise it’s just something that’s in [your head], which is no good for you and no good for anyone else.”

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