Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Writing One's Life

I was recently invited to a movie premier from a major studio that I used to work for.  After seeing the screening, I had the chance to greet people who were part of my former studio family.  Many of them had scattered to the wind working in any number of businesses and industries, and also, some still were employed in entertainment.

I too have felt undirected as of late, having moved into real estate sales, and yet keeping my creative work going in writing a script.  Yet, from the groundwork that I built over the past 15 years, and looking at those people and experiences I was exposed at the studios, and there are so many of them, I realized that night that I have a strong foundation; one that will make sense to have had should I make something of my projects.

I realized on that premier night I owned it to myself to contribute something to cinema.  In this way, I suddenly feel empowered to “write my own ending;” an ending that will include being creative and making my own mark, however large or small, in the world of entertainment. This seems to be a better choice than just letting life wash over me and ending up doing something that doesn’t really interest me.

And how could I have even considered not following my passion?

Well, working on one’s ultimate goal isn’t as easy as it seems it should be.  There is a lot of drudgery involved, and many less-than-glorious moments on that road.  But it somehow became clear to me that night of the premier that it is all worth doing in the end.

The producers of the film that I saw that night didn’t quit, but rather they kept at it until the end.  I could see that there was an enormous amount of work involved in gathering researching for this documentary.  It just couldn’t have been easy, but they stuck with it and the final outcome was wonderful.  And maybe even more to the point, there was a final outcome.

And so seeing all of my former studio family members me feel like I really do owe it to myself to follow through on the projects I care about, and that I can write my own future by just doing it little by little, day by day.

After all is said and done, that’s how all of the greats did it.