Just keep swimming!
Paintings use paint to imitate real life. Sculptures use stone. Your play, your movie, must reveal truth.
When you’re flipping out, it’s simply because you are worrying about things you can’t control, or are unlikely to be able to control, instead of concentrating on the small, manageable tasks that cumulatively will get you where you want to go. Focus on the small, compact, real, actual tasks ahead. Call your brother. Write a letter asking for money. One does not ‘launch an all out media blitz’ by oneself. You look at your resources, pick a realistic goal, and work on it one day, one hour, one task at a time.
Hollywood is already making what they think everyone wants to see. That’s being done, and being done on a scale you can’t afford. So dont try to compete with that. Do what they can’t do. Do what they’re too big to do. Tell a story with an original voice.
Thanks to everyone who contributed!!!
Directing is not done on set. Directing is done before you get there. Coaching is not done at the meet. All the coaching is done ahead of time. Then at the meet, you are there to simply keep order. Keep things progressing as planned. You can make small adjustments, based on developments, but you aren’t going to be able to change very much on the day of. You gotta set it all up in advance.
It is not childish to live with uncertainty, to devote oneself to a craft rather than a career, to an idea rather than an institution. It’s courageous and requires a courage of the order that the institutionally co-opted are ill equipped to perceive. They are so unequipped to perceive it that they can only call it childish, and so excuse their exploitation (or condescension, or disparagement) of you.
Never EVER give up.
Filming is going really well, we’re all really excited here in VA! Hope wherever you are, you are excited too!
You need to be accountable to someone else. Plan meetings. Scheduling is 90% of producing. Schedule everything. If you don’t schedule it, it won’t get done. It can be tough to self-start your 10th, 100th, 1000th day in a row. There is a reason people organize into teams and companies. You need accountability in your organization, otherwise you are going to sleep in.
Anonymous said: Can't wait to see this movie! Is Melissa Archer in it?
Thank you so much for your enthusiasm about our film!!
These are the Cleveland Cavaliers! We’ve been super successful, even when we didn’t have the pool to swim in five months into season. We did dryland everyday until the pool was fixed! Not only that, our coach is not only our coach, but she wakes up early in the morning to teach swim class 0 period and is also a counselor at our school! It’s these traits from our coach that motivate members in the team to do their best to not disappoint her.
Thank you! :)
I notice that each time you stop, it takes energy to start back up again. So go go go. When you stop, you revisit your fears, give them time to reassert themselves, and it slows you down. You don’t have time for that. What is this but fear? Go go go.