Artist Inspiration – Donald Glover

Donald Glover in London, 2013

Donald Glover in London, 2013

There doesn’t seem to be much Donald Glover can’t do. Writer, stand up comedian, actor, musician, producer, all around artist, this self proclaimed outcast seems to have found his place in the world – doing whatever the heck he wants. Rarely has an artist ventured into so many different mediums and been successful in, well all of them. Now, I don’t want to talk about the struggles he’s overcome as a ‘black actor’, and I don’t want to critique his new album (though, fair warning, it has so many layers you might just lose yourself in them) and I don’t want to talk about why we’re “Clapping for the Wrong Reasons.” I just want to take a step back and realize how amazingly ambitious and creative this guy is. And it’s not just the fact that he’s pursued so many different types of projects, it’s that he’s done them in a memorable way; a way that makes you reflect on what you’ve seen or heard and comes back to you weeks later when you’re driving to work one morning. He breaks any mold the media try to put him in. I don’t know why they even bother.

On the set of Community, Season 1 (from the episode Introduction to Statistics)

On the set of Community, Season 1 (from the episode Introduction to Statistics)

On the set of Girls, Season 2, Episode 2

On the set of Girls, Season 2, Episode 2

"I put in work, ask Ludwig..." Ludwig Goransson, music composer for Community and collaborator on Gambino's Camp and Because The Internet.

“I put in work, ask Ludwig…”
Ludwig Goransson, music composer for Community and collaborator on Gambino’s Camp and Because The Internet

Performing "Outside" at Lollapalooza, 2012

Performing “Outside” at Lollapalooza, 2012

Confessional notes posted to his Instagram account (October, 2013)

Confessional notes posted to his Instagram account, October 2013

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A scene from Clapping for the Wrong Reasons

A scene from Clapping for the Wrong Reasons

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Studied Environmental Science/Works in Medicine/Adores Fashion/Obsessed with music/Constant daydreamer
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