Get There From Here


If there’s one truth about “making it” in the entertainment business, it is that no one can tell you how to get there. They can tell you how they got there, which is often an amusing anecdote, but it’s a path that long since crumbled off the edge of an expanding earth and to try to follow it is to take a flying leap into oblivion.

This is frustrating.

When the best guidance available is : “I dunno, try some stuff and see if it works and if it doesn’t then try some other stuff” you start to wonder what kind of a business you got yourself into. I try to avoid giving this a lot of thought. It seems to me that trying to mastermind a plan to make it big is the kind of planning that gives god a good laugh. And maybe in a way success requires a very peculiar type of scientific faith: both an absolute, glandular belief that It Will Happen For You coupled with a tenacious commitment to trial and error.

I got to thinking about this after reading an article about the “Unfair Way That Creative People Become Successful“. It boiled down to: find the right people at the right place and time. It made sense when I read it, and it still does. The advantage to filmmaking is that by its very nature it requires a lot of collaboration and helping other people, which as least raises the odds that a few of them might be the Right ones. The disadvantage is that the medium is evolving so fast there’s really no knowing which direction it will go.

Really all I can do is keep busy and hope for the best. Maybe this is where my compulsion too stay busy comes from: maybe busyness is one of the few variables that I have control over so I lean on it just as hard as I possibly can. Something to think about…

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~ by Gwydhar Gebien on September 28, 2015.

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