Monday, March 9, 2009

Challenging Times

Though things seem to be reaching a pinnacle with me finally completing my film (it's 99% done), under the surface that is certainly not the case.

Simply said, life has not been kind. It has been unrelenting. Days like these make it hard to dig down deep and find the courage to stay on the golden path. I know I am not the only one suffering right now, so I am doing my best to keep my chin up high. I am am turning to my inner resolve to keep putting one foot in front of me.

Truth be told, I have been in a rut. I have that awareness. I am working hard to change it, and it doesn't change. Life can be stubborn. Of course I can be quite stubborn myself. My aim is to break through this plateau I find myself in. Ideally to one that improves my life.

A source of strength to me as I write this blog is a passage that a close friend shared with me not too long ago. I am unaware of who the author is, yet I want to pass it on to you. May it be a source of strength for you.


Filmmakers are some of the most driven, courageous people on the face of the earth.
They deal with more day-to-day rejection in one year than most people do in a lifetime.
Every day, filmmakers face the financial challenge of living a freelance lifestyle, the disrespect of people who think they should get "real" jobs, and their own fear that they'll never work again.
Every day, they have to ignore the possibility that the vision they have dedicated their lives to is a pipe dream.
With every film, they stretch themselves, emotionally and physically, risking criticism and judgment.
With every passing year, many of them watch as the other people their age achieve the predictable milestones of normal life - the car, the family, the house, the nest egg.

But they stay true to their dream, in spite of the sacrifices. Why?

Because Filmmakers are willing to give their entire lives to a moment - to that line, that laugh, that gesture, or that interpretation that will stir the audience's soul.
Filmmakers are beings who have tasted life's nectar in that crystal moment when they poured out their creative spirit and touched another's heart.
In that instant, they were as close to magic, God, and perfection as anyone could ever be.
And in their own hearts, they know that to dedicate oneself to that moment is worth a thousand lifetimes.

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