Being an artist of any kind is difficult, and it's even more difficult if you dedicate yourself fully to that art. Most people don't choose to be musicians, or painters, or filmmakers because they want to make a lot of money. There are plenty of professions that will yield a better salary than being a filmmaker, and most of us will never reach that 1% in the entertainment industry who never have to worry where their next job is going to come from. I think as any kind of artist, it's important to keep asking yourself if you're doing what you want to be doing in life. Take a few minutes to watch the video below that forces you to ask yourself, "What do I desire?"
Thanks to Ron at Dare Dreamer Magazine for sharing this one:
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We don't choose the situation we are born into, but I am a firm believer that anyone can do anything they want. Of course, you can't will yourself into playing Center for an NBA team, but if you look at successful people in any industry, you will find someone from every sort of ethnic and social background. It's easy to say that someone has become successful because they have been lucky, but there is nothing lucky about a sustained artistic career. There will always be chance encounters that help people on their path to a successful and meaningful career, but it's dedication and hard work that present those opportunities in the first place.
As Alan says:
Better to have a short life that is full of what you like doing, than a long life spent in a miserable way.
If you're not already doing what you'd like to be doing, what do you need to do to make that happen?
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This video has always inspired me from the first time I saw it. And he's right - as long as you're truly passionate about something, you will be able to find a way to survive financially. You may not become rich, but you'll be able to get by doing what you truly love.
Thanks for the reminder!
March 19, 2013 at 7:17PM, Edited September 4, 8:21AM
March 20, 2013 at 3:22AM, Edited September 4, 8:21AM
People often talk about doing what they love but on a purely secular level end up doing what they hate and try to love it. In theory doing the lovely things and being fiscally rewarded is possible, but perhaps overly optimistic, at least on the long term.
March 19, 2013 at 7:42PM, Edited September 4, 8:21AM
I'm a freelance audio engineer, composer, video production artist, and entrepreneur. Every day I get up wondering if I'll make it through the day just to pay the FEW bills I have. I run a modest, small setup. But at the end of the day I can honestly say that even with the financial and business challenges I've had to meet, I wouldn't trade it for the world. I absolutely love what I do, I only wish I could do more of it, and find more like-minded people who enjoy doing these things as much as I do.
I'm actually trying to put together a local freelancers' creative B2B mixer event this year for my area to reach out and connect with as many talented and creative individuals whether it's photography, visual artists, DP's, gaffers, musicians, singers/songwriters, composers, DJ's, set designers, interior decorators, etc.
March 19, 2013 at 8:20PM, Edited September 4, 8:21AM
In what part of the world are you located? This is something I would be interested in!
March 28, 2013 at 12:54PM, Edited September 4, 8:21AM
But why this -excuse my french- bullshit video with the pianotracks and the timelapses? Don't sell this text like an advertisement, that's the way we got into this mess in the first place.
March 20, 2013 at 3:01AM, Edited September 4, 8:21AM
Missed the point didn't we
March 20, 2013 at 9:48AM, Edited September 4, 8:21AM
This film is so true. If you do what you love, continue to develop your craft and really want to achieve, you will. Much in the same line of thinking, Napoleon Hill's Think & Grow Rich is a must-read for anyone going freelance.
March 20, 2013 at 3:31AM, Edited September 4, 8:21AM
Thanks for sharing Joe.
I too find the video very inspiring. One caveat I would offer to pro creatives is that sometimes we start businesses to do our craft, but then realize that in order to run a business, you end up doing so much more that you DON'T like to do. Perhaps that's what "deepsea_diver_inmydreams" was talking about. If you start a business doing what you love, be sure to do the right business things to keep yourself from going crazy (or going under). Also consider that sometimes it's okay to make a living doing something you don't love so you can have freedom to do what you truly love on the side. Just something to think about.
March 20, 2013 at 3:36AM, Edited September 4, 8:21AM
"Search freedom and you will become a slave to your desires. Search the discipline and you will find freedom"Zen Koan.
March 20, 2013 at 4:02AM, Edited September 4, 8:21AM
Find, and you will search.
March 20, 2013 at 8:40PM, Edited September 4, 8:21AM
As inspiring as it is, this is the kind of thing that doesn't apply to most places in the world. Reality, in most cases, deals you cards that won't allow you to have enough room to even try and do what you love. It could happen, but focusing only on that one thing and trying to do what you can to achieve it isn't even possible to begin with.
March 20, 2013 at 7:37AM, Edited September 4, 8:21AM
I love this video. It's inspiring and uplifting.
I've seen a lot of comments explaining it's unrealistic, and it is if you take it very literally. Not everyone is going to be able to do exactly what they want for a living, but everyone can pursue it, even if they're working another job to pay the bills in the mean time. That pursuit can bring a lot of meaning and happiness to life (Yes, hardship as well), and I think that's the point.
Also, not everyone want's to be an artist. Most of my family is passionate about different forms of engineering or law.
March 20, 2013 at 10:48AM, Edited September 4, 8:21AM
I would like to comment the sentence Alan`s "Better to have a short life that is full of what you like doing, than a long life spent in a miserable way."
Actually in most of cases (except things related to direct violence or other danger) you live longer if you do what inspires you or has a great importance for you, then you will be happy and more healthy in psychological level ( and most of our organs are affected from it..) and this leads to another thing - happy person makes others happier and also our world a better place.
March 21, 2013 at 3:44PM, Edited September 4, 8:21AM
"We don’t choose the situation we are born into, but I am a firm believer that anyone can do anything they want. "
That's completely false. Poverty is a life killer, and billions of people live under it. Sure you say a couple make it big time. Great. They are the exception. Most people in the world are not under control of their own lives, the very few that are, that do what they love, are the ones who create this fairytale. The sitaution you are birn into will determine the oportunities you get, for instance education.
I'm working as hard as I can to do what I love for a living, but to be honest, it might not happen. But I'm trying, only for that I feel lucky, because I can even try to get a shot at it. I'm aware most people can't do that. I don't hold the flag of "work hard and you'll be rewarded" because to be honest, the harderst working people I know are the ones that have the less.
So I completely disagree on that.
March 21, 2013 at 4:05PM, Edited September 4, 8:21AM
I think the statement "Anyone can do anything they want" was meant to be taken in a first world context.
It is true, most Earthlings are preoccupied with basic survival. Nevertheless, I don't think the idea is invalid. Satisfaction is relative. I'm often envious of people who are able to derive happiness from simpler things, rather than some form of global conquest. What does NBA star Steve Nash have to be depressed about? or Kurt Cobain for that matter? To my mind career goals decide the path, the trick is then to enjoy the ride.
(Armed with a T2i I will destroy the universe!!! muhahahhaaaa! man, I'm pathetic.)
March 23, 2013 at 7:36AM, Edited September 4, 8:21AM
Rid the world of poverty, starvation, homelessness, crime (all of it) and disease.
March 21, 2013 at 4:53PM, Edited September 4, 8:21AM
Love the video, and its lessons are exactly how I got, and retired from my 30 yr. career. Preparation, study, dedication, ask for help/guidance. If you're sincere, people will bend over backwards to help you in the career/profession they love-and they want you to be part of it too. Of course there is luck-in genetics, timing, talent, skill in getting big breaks and all that. But don't plan your lifes work on it. It's so easy to sit on the couch and lament over everybody elses good fortune. You have to start from where you are with what you have-just the way it is. Silver spoon or rusty tin can. And along the way, if you pay attention, something you love doing will emerge from out of the blue & it will become your lifes work. If money was no object I'd travel around the world, making videos of what people do. Making drums, boats, skyscrapers, handmade furniture, glasswork, CEO's of big business.....endless learning. Favorite saying.....opportunity is (nowhere)......redistribute it = now here......
March 21, 2013 at 8:00PM, Edited September 4, 8:21AM
Making movie with film not video
if Money Were No Object? ah ah
It's jut harder today more competition
March 21, 2013 at 8:24PM, Edited September 4, 8:21AM
An old directing mentor once told me... "You feel it, you follow it!"
Not necessarily the best advice for all situations, but for a life mantra it's pretty damn pure and effective. This post & video bring to heart what I have finally embraced after many years of coveting the work of others, envying the success of colleagues, and regretting the missed opportunities of past endeavors. "Follow your bliss", as Joseph Campbell often extolled.
Thanks to the bounty of valuable info found on the pages of this site, from the experience and opinions of its contributors and commenters, I and my small intrepid crew have made something we love. Thanks No Film School!
Check out the trailer for my new film LAPSE premiering on Vimeo 3-25-13: https://vimeo.com/62396367
Would love to hear everyone's or anyone's thoughts!
March 22, 2013 at 7:02AM, Edited September 4, 8:21AM
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March 24, 2013 at 9:38PM, Edited September 4, 8:21AM
From the moment I knew I was a person I lived my life the way I wanted it. I always did things because I felt a strong feeling inside that I had to do them. So I drove all over Europe, and then also to Russia which was forbidden at that time (1989/1990). It was the most incredible motorbiketrip I ever made in my entire life because of the breakdown of "The Wall" at that time, this will never ever come back again. Then I decided to drive on the motorbike tot Singapore (through Cyprus, Isaël, Egypt, Jordan, Syria, Turkey, Iran etc.) alone, and it was tough so tough that I nearly could't handle it mentally. After this long motorbiketravel I had a very bad motorbike-accident near my hometown. I broke my spine (I nearly got paralysed ), collar-bone and shoulder blade. After a long recovery I met a very beautiful woman in Germany and had 10 nice years with her. After we split up I decided to drive 3.000 kilometers in 24 hours, because I promised myself tot do this after the bad motorbike-accident. And so I did drive in march 2005 (now exactly 8 years ago) the 3.000 km in 23 hours and 23 minutes: http://www.motorcyclenews.com/MCN/News/newsresults/archive/86493/87615/8...
I kept on travelling and testing motorbikes besides my job on an IVF-clinic. And then in 2012 I drove on my motorbike to Armenia, and also after this motorbiketravel I had a bad motorbike accident. I stepped of the motorbike with 180 km/h and glided over the asfalt like a torpedo with my face forward on just 30-40 cm from the guardrail. Normally I should've been dead but I wasn't! Then I saw this movie and knew that I was living the life many people want to live but they don't because they're scared or are afraid of what other people might say. Living a safe and dull life has never been an option for me, and I can advice everyone from the bottom of my hard that this video is so true! I don't care about money, I never did because it's not important! "Life is a beach!"
March 25, 2013 at 8:18AM, Edited September 4, 8:21AM
The main problem is people start off in jobs they dont care much for but they get into debt as a result of the way the modern world works. Being in debt is not conducive to throwing away your job. At least thats the way I see it. I love Alan Watts and think he's one of the more insightful beings to have graced the planet in the recent decades. But my advice would be to get out of debt first. Or to avoid it altogether. That's true freedom there. Then you can live as meekly and dreamily as you desire... I have a credit card to pay off. To me once I'm rid of it it's like my money is my money, and I can live within my means. And to be honest I have almost all gear I need to be as creative as I want, so really, I could do want I want for the next ten years and be pretty happy. I just think debt is a real killer. God knows how people deal with car and house loans and stuff. Seems like such a crazy scene to me, such responsibility.
March 26, 2013 at 12:44AM, Edited September 4, 8:21AM