My favorite author is Neil Gaiman. I've twitter-stalked him for years. In case you're uninitiated, he has written lots of good books. Some of them were made into good movies (Stardust, Coraline, etc.). He’s still writing books (ostensibly good ones), and he looks sort of like this:
Anywho, WAY back in March he gave a fantastic commencement speech at the University of the Arts in Philadelphia, PA.
I realize this was eons ago in internet time, and there has already been quite a stink made across the webs about how awesome it was. But it took me forever to remember to watch it at home, and it is TOTALLY AWESOME. If you’ve ever given a piece of your heart to a creative pursuit, you should watch this video.
If you can’t have the sound on, there’s a full English transcript available under the video at the link. (So I could’ve watched it at work all along? Doh!) However, I highly recommend hearing Neil’s delivery if you can. He's won awards for reading audio-books, you know.
Bonus: The folks at zen pencils have made a comic of the last bit of the speech:
Update: May 14, 2013 this will be published as a book!