HERRON: What advice do you have for Herron students?

DAME: It's so easy to say this and sounds so simple and cliché, but I think it’s extremely important to find the thing that makes you happy and stick to that. I'm talking the kind of happy where you can't stop thinking about it and are constantly chomping at the bit to get back to it so you can work on it more. Do that thing. Find the thing you love and master it. Become the best at it. Nurture it and cultivate it because it's not going to make itself, and someone else might do it before you.

Also, you are going to have to learn how to juggle your social life with your art life. I have seen many folks let their social lives take priority over their own creative growth because they may not want to take time to be alone with their work and really invest in it and live with it. I'm not saying you have to be a total shut-in, but at a certain point, you have to learn to say no to things and people and be a little selfish to see your art babies grow.

Do the work that gives you chills and makes you smile and keeps you up at night. The rest will all fall into place.