Hey family. Well it's been a little minute since I've shot you a personal type blog post...so here you go!
As you know, MOOREthanEnuff is a home for all things media, entertainment, film and such. And I often I use these blogs to speak on current events, trends and happenings in the business. But today I want to speak to my creatives especially, but people in general.
As we meander through this world of independent film and media (or whatever your world is), we often have to make decisions that result in some form of sacrifice. The bigger the risk we take on ourselves, our talent, our work and our hopeful success in this business of no guarantees, the more scary it can be.
For instance, I recently left my very cushy job in Corporate Finance at a very large and lucrative hedge fund. I made a pretty darn decent salary and I knew that check which included paid overtime, my varied perks, vacation, sick leave, medical and dental benefits, profit sharing and so on, was going to leave me fiscally bereft for a bit. I have a small cushion, but while trying to land an agent for both my acting and my writing, trying to shoot the short I just finished writing, submitting my present B.O.P. short for festivals, needing to eat and get around and pay bills and live, not having that influx of funds is SCARY AS HELL. Though my move was my own decision, I am sure you all have moves you want to make or have made that also bring to light all that you will NOT have if you make them.
But here's the good news family...there is so much on the other side of those types of decisions. Yes, it's scary as sh*t. Yes this means your hustle will be necessary and needs to be damn near unmatched by anything you've done prior or by your peers and competitors. Yes this means that maybe all of those vacations, dinners out and shopping trips may be on hold. But it also means your dreams now have the chance to not be stifled but flourish as you are putting your all into them. It means that with this great risk comes the chance for great reward. It means that you can now give your purpose it's chance to make room for you at the table of your choosing...as long as you do the work.
When the guarantee of success and progress is absent, fear is usually prevalent. But family, outweigh that fear with the faith that when answering your calling, though you will be challenged, you will also be set apart and set up for greatness as you are the "chosen." It's often said faith and fear cannot live in the same mind. I totally know what that means and the intent behind it, especially biblically. But darnit I'm human so I can tell you this - for the faith that I have in my abilities and where I KNOW they will get me, I am also SCARED. However, I am often talking myself off of that ledge by reminding myself of what it felt like everyday to work my behind off toiling to complete the dreams of someone else, while mine where only given the side time of nights and weekends. I saw folks getting fiscal equity off of my sweat equity. And you know what, a few months of scaling back are more than worth me being able to immerse myself fully in my world of music, film, media and production.
So go do what you love family. Make a plan, create a strategy of what you know you can realistically make happen in terms of being sure you are not living in a cardboard box. LOL But if you are not doing what you love, assess how you can change that, have faith in your destiny, and ride that fear out as you live your dreams!