Monday 21 September 2009

A message for you from yourself.

You need to give yourself a pat on the back. Really, what you've done is pretty incredible. I am talking to you. You, that special person who, despite everything, is still working hard to achieve your dream.

Despite having to pick the kids up from school, you are still writing. Despite being flat broke, you're still taking acting lessons. Despite the daily grind of your horrible, monotonous job, you're still directing short movies in the middle of the night. Despite everyone around you believing you are NOT a writer and NOT a director and NOT an actor, you're still going strong. You are still creating things. DO YOU REALIZE HOW AMAZING YOU ARE?
Give yourself a pat on the back. Give yourself some ice cream. Treat yourself to a hooker. Seriously, you're amazing. How can that be? How can it be that after hundreds of people saying "but you're not really doing much with your little films" and despite people who are really important to you saying "It's cute that you're trying to write," despite all those things that would make any sane person scream and want to hide away forever-- you are still here. You are still going on film directing courses, you're still listening to podcasts, and reading film blogs, and trying to turn that idea in your head into something on a page or a screen. You are still doing that.

Have you ever stopped to appreciate that? Let me tell you now, you're winning here. Despite the world doing that thing it does, where it builds these big walls and says "I think you'll find life is lived in this way..." you've managed to climb the wall again and again. Despite the horrible job, the negative people who pop up every time you leave the house, despite it all - you are HERE, RIGHT NOW, agreeing with what I am saying. You have worked your socks off, and you are still doing it.

This might be your 14th short film, it might be your 26th screenplay, it might be your 363rd audition. They may have proved that you are a failure. And they are right. Right up until the time you become a success. You're pretty amazing. You inspire me. You're still going.

You are Steve Martin, eight years into being a stand up comedian, wondering where his audience is. You are Tom Hanks, carrying people's bags into hotels. You are Jack Lemmon, sleeping in abandoned buildings, wondering exactly when it is you're going to get an acting job.

You're amazing.

Keep up the great work.

Care to share?


  1. No, you're amazing. Nice sentiment and nice post.

  2. This is very very very nice...but can I be Daniel Day Lewis instead of Tom Hanks?

    Hooker, here I come!

  3. Very helpful, especially when you wake up in the morning, staring for hours at a blank screen, which is waiting for your brain cells to work and fill it with words which will hopefully one day be translated into images. Thank you, you, amazing Kid in the Front Row.

  4. Treat yourself to a hooker. Props to you my friend!

  5. That post actually made me choke up. I'd never in my life imagined making movies would be so gut-wrenchingly tough.

    Thanks, and right back at you!

  6. BIg breasts are anything but gifts.. They are linkeD to obesity, heart disease, cancer, and type 2 diabetes. Also the bigger they are, the lower they sag, once the bra comes off, unless they are not real. And they are a double standard while men usually oogle them, other people often call people with big boobs cows. And once this guy called my breasts fat lol wtf because his flatchested girlfriend had a problem with me.

  7. I love you Annie.
    I'm asking you one day to grow old with me.
    I hope you will say yes.

    I know you know who this is,

    if you ever find me,
    im sure it was beneath the trees.