Hey Shining Starrs! Spring has finally sprung and with it comes a host of new opportunities, a chance to birth new goals and perspectives and the time to harvest the manifestation of all of the seeds you have sewn all winter.
I am excited for this new season and I thoroughly encourage you to GO GET YOURS!!!! This life is not promised in terms of time tables, success, progress or any of that. To obtain that which you desire, tenacity, endurance, education, humility and faith are prerequisites. However, as you cast your net and begin to pull in your haul, I want you to make me a promise. Do not look left or right to compare what's in your net versus someone elses. Forward motion equals momentum, but the cool thing about momentum is that there is no set speed.
Last week our film Mars & Venus: Operation Equilibrium was accepted to its first film festival. I have been the AD and the Producer on many projects that have screened at awesome festivals, but to have MY film be accepted somewhere was a new thing. To know that the film that I co-concepted, directed, produced, wrote AND acted in was going to be in a festival...it was surreal. I was at brunch with some friends when I saw the email. I didnt even know how to feel initially.
We have submitted to a gaggle of fests and given that our film is at a 00:29:12 minute run-time, we surpass many of the larger festival's max run-times for short narratives, so I was anxious to be honest. I know that we sewed seeds into this harvest more than two years ago with a host of actors, crew, drama, blood, sweat and tears, but I was beginning to have doubts. I looked around at other filmmakers I know like, well THEY are getting into this and that, why not us?! And then I realized that I had to catch myself. I had to realize just getting the thing from the page to the camera was a feat. That getting it from the sd cards to a finished product (especially when we had been through the RINGER with a host of people on this thing), was a humongous accomplishment. I had to realize that being able to show the cast and crew their work and see them so elated about it was incredible. And while I didn't know how to feel initially, I had to love the fact that we got into a pretty big festival, The People's Film Fesitval and that for all the no's...this was our yes!
I want to simply do great work with great people and be recognized for my skills and product, while making a decent living in the process. But looking for someone to validate my work or to put a stamp my belonging in this space is dangerous. Comparisons are dangerous. Envy and bitterness is dangerous. It is all a trap of insecurity and ego, and who wants to operate from that place? Not me! Plus, if I gave it one hundred percent, I shouldn't need to be validated by things or people or worry about who else is doing what, right?
I am learning to simply celebrate my momentum at whatever miles per hour the speedometer reads. Sometimes I'm flying like a Ferrari, other times I'm on my kick push like a scooter. But its all movement and all forward movement at that.
Today I encourage you to do the same. I am VERY sure that if you have put in the work, the forward movement is eminent. You deserve to win and you will, but it is important that you acknowledge every inch that you go forward and only focus on YOUR progress. Celebrate with others, but be laser focused on YOU. Also, indulge in your momentum and know that it's worth it, no matter how fast or seemingly slow it's going. You are #MOOREthanEnuff and you have to believe that first and foremost.
What momentum have you been gaining lately shining Starrs? Where are you looking to go and where is your journey taking you? Share with us and let us celebrate with and for you!