“They went, the Ghost and Scrooge, across the hall, to a door at the back of the house. It opened before them, and disclosed a long, bare, melancholy room, made barer still by lines of plain deal forms and desks. At one of these a lonely boy was reading near a feeble fire; and ScroogeContinue reading “It Will Haunt You”
Measure your success by what others think and say about you and your work. Don’t have your own internal scorecard of excellence. Try to please. Don’t have a plan. Be inconsistent. Do things only when you’re “feeling it.” Don’t have a strong why. Blame others when things don’t go your way. Be boastful. Seek praise.Continue reading “Doomed To Fail”
“Indifference is the elixir of love.” -P.M. (a college buddy) Prescription for your Hollywood dreams…(Or any desire for that matter.) Want it. But don’t need it.
“Be willing to be a beginner every single morning.” -Meister Eckhart No matter what success you’ve enjoyed in the past, no matter your reputation, no matter your past awards, reviews and accomplishments, the next project you do will feel like you’re starting all over again. Or to use a filmmaking term, you’re “back to one.”Continue reading “Back To One”
Not gonna lie…it always feels great to be asked, to be picked. It’s validation. Know what feels even better? To not need any validation and pick yourself.
“Meaningless! Meaningless!” says the Teacher. “Utterly meaningless! Everything is meaningless.” “What do people gain from all their labors at which they toil under the sun?.” Ecclesiastes 1:2-3 “Midway upon the journey of our life, I found myself within a forest dark, for the straightforward pathway had been lost.” -― Dante Alighieri, The Divine Comedy HavingContinue reading “Midlife Crisis?”
“To hell with circumstance, I create opportunities.” -Bruce Lee. “When your army has crossed the border, you should burn your boats and bridges, in order to make it clear to everybody that you have no hankering after home.” -Sun-Tzu, The Art Of War For producing (and most things in life), mindset is everything. It’s whyContinue reading “The Producing Mindset”
“(Great) material is your currency.” -Brian Grazer What’s the first thing most actors do once they gain some clout in the industry? They form a production company. Why? So they can use that clout to find great material and manifest it for themselves and others. Because they know that’s the game. It’s the whole enchilada.Continue reading “Start Your Production Company”
Playwrights… What’s the play you’d write if after you finished–rather than sending it off to various theatre companies across the country, hoping against hope they’d read it and pick it for their upcoming season–if instead, this were the last play you ever wrote AND you were on the hook to produce it yourself? Go. WriteContinue reading “What’s The Play?”
“The greatest danger for most of us is not that our aim is too high and we miss it, but that it is too low and we reach it.” -Michelangelo The below parable is from author, psychotherapist and Jesuit priest Anthony de Mello. I highly recommend his book, The Way To Love. This parable isContinue reading “Eagle Or Chicken?”