I was recently contacted by a young person searching for advice as a writer looking for ways to grow as a writer into directing and producing in the film industry. Since this is a somewhat common trend, I figured it’s time to post my reply to be of help for others on the filmmaker journey!
Here it is…
I find it interesting how we often set our sights on the accomplishments of others to serve as targets for our own personal goals. Recently, I was having a discussion with a budding screenplay writer who listed some names and awards of seasoned writers he wants to emulate, noting their resulting fame and fortune. In the discussion, the question arose as to what the appropriate goals for a creative professional should be. How does one actually achieve his or her best?
Honestly, I think that we often short ourselves by seeking to merely follow in the footsteps of others.
Now, here’s a great example of harnessing media to influence an audience!
As the Presidential election rapidly approaches, I’ve learned from various discussions with those in my part of the country that many Americans are finding themselves polarized by the antics of one whom they consider a self-built business mogul who enjoys his turn to talk and a lifetime politician who leaves significant doubt as to whether she can really be trusted.