There's a promising new culture podcast over on The Guardian website called The Start which aims to get major artists to open up about how they began their careers.
First up is Sofia Coppola who talks about the journey behind making her first film, The Virgin Suicides. Regardless of whether you've seen it (and I have to be honest, I can't explain why I haven't, Lost In Translation's one of my all-time top films plus the soundtrack by Air is ace) the fear and exhilaration of working creativity that she express first hand will be familiar to most. It's both an insight and a kind of comfort to hear of the panics and failures that every creative has to endure, regardless of things like funding issues or logistical challenges. You can subscribe to the series or just listen via the website HERE.
EDIT: Since writing, there's a great additional podcast featuring Damien Hirst up HERE