Yesterday, someone shared this interview with the film maker Werner Herzog about the importance of experience in the creative process. I think it's vital advice to the artist or film maker or musician. Figure out what you want to do and then go do it, but don't forget to get your hands dirty and soak up experiences along the way.
I'll leave you to enjoy the interview. I hope you like it.
P.S. Things are progressing in the studio...Pictures of completed work should be available soon!