What’s essential to being a good filmmaker? First and foremost, its passion. Regardless of what you want to believe, filmmaking will be one of the most seductive, yet volatile and deceptive relationships you will ever grapple with. I’ve quipped it's my “fatal attraction” because of the pleasure and pain it causes but for many of us that is all part of the allure. Filmmaking will rip your heart in two, leave you beaten and broken - both physically and financially - and just when you’ve mustered up the nerve to put an end to the abuse, it reaches out and asks you - no, begs you - for one more chance promising it will be smooth sailing moving forward.
How do I know this? Because I try to break up with it every time I finish a film. When it’s a wrap – correction - mid-way through pre-production, I swear I’ll never do it again and can’t wait to get the project over with so I can start looking into alternative ways of making a living. But when all is said and done, the movie has taken shape and my wounds have healed, I start missing my team as well as the fantasy even I get lost in when a new project is on the horizon. Believe it or not, I too find myself inspired by the same dreams that motivate you. Besides, I started working in front of the camera at 9 months old and while I turn 50 this year (gulp), have come to the realization; “what the hell else am I going to do with my life?” Sadly, I don’t know any other way and if you’re as lucky as I am to be so unfortunate when you’re approaching the big 5-0, you’ll know exactly what I am talking about. Confused? Good. But you won’t be when your odometer has reached my mileage.
Okay, now that I’ve discouraged you, are you ready to get uplifted and inspired? I will assume you said, “hell yeah!” with your fist raised into the sky and will continue to do what you love. Even if it adds scars to your body and gray hair on your head. You’ve got this! Now go and chase it, Lord knows it ain't going to come to you.