Pep Talks

A Pep Talk is a handwritten letter of motivation, inspiration, encouragement, or wisdom. We asked our favorite artists, musicians, writers, filmmakers, and other cultural icons to write a Pep Talk to remind every artist of their value.

Any purchase from the Pep Shop is a donation to United States Artists to support the country's most compelling artists and a chance to win a handwritten Pep Talk. New Pep Talks are revealed every Monday through December 16, 2019. Any purchases made that week will be entered to win that week's Pep Talk. If you win, you will be notified shortly after the close of the shop. For more info, check out the FAQs.
 

Filmmaker

WEEK 7

 

“Make work that causes trouble and delights few.”

 

Writer, Curator, and Activist

WEEK 6

 

“The fire is yours–yours to burn, yours to share.”

Chef and Restaurateur

WEEK 5

 

“If the world doesn't seem to resonate with your truth, don't write the world off.”

Writer, Social Justice Facilitator, Pleasure Activist, Healer, and Doula

 

WEEK 4

 

“Creativity is yours to protect.”

Miranda July

Filmmaker, Artist, and Writer

2016 USA Fellow

WEEK 3

 

“I see what you're doing and I'm here to help.”

Avant-pop Musician and Performer

2019 USA Fellow

WEEK 2

 

“It's your heart, and it's on time, and listen to it beating, and then tell yourself...”

Painter

WEEK 1

“There will be times
when you want to quit.
But remember...”