The blessing of a screenwriter’s first creative spark…
December 20, 2012 § Leave a comment
If you’re lucky, the spark of creativity strikes when you are young. It’s a time to explore your artistic interests with eyes open wide and a fearless hunger to create. It’s the time for pure creativity without any negative filters. You may explore a range of artistic endeavors before you’re lucky enough to discover the one that brings you the most joy. It’s exciting as you experience a passion for your work—the motivating force that makes you wake up in the morning with eager anticipation of creating something again. It soon becomes an important part of who you are as a person.
It also helps to grow up in a family where both parents encourage and support your creative endeavors. My parents knew too well a life of regrets from never fully going after their dreams. They both grew up in the same small town in families that didn’t support or nurture their artistic passions and as a result, their dreams were never allowed to thrive. My parents encouraged my brother and me to dream—and dream big. They always told us they never wanted to stifle our artistic interests like their parents had done to them. Sure, they knew it’s risky to follow a dream, but they believed it was worth it for us to try to achieve what they did not. They just wanted us to be happy.
Neither of my parents nor any of my extended family was in the film industry. I had to make my breaks the old-fashioned way—hard work, discipline, tenacity, resolute faith and a pitbull’s mentality to make it. Nepotism certainly helps to cut you a break in Hollywood, but luck helps—and luck is when you’re offered an opportunity and you’re prepared to do the job. You’ll only succeed if you’ve mastered your craft and you can deliver the goods as a professional. Being raised by two encouraging and supportive parents definitely was the necessary ingredient for me to pursue my creative endeavors and eventually make screenwriting my career. You’re blessed if you can find your calling in life as your job because it doesn’t feel like a job—it’s pleasure to go to work every day.
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“Writing is survival. Any art, any good work, of course, is that. Not to write, for many of us, is to die. We must take arms each and every day, perhaps knowing that the battle cannot be entirely won, but fight we must, if only a gentle bout.”—Ray Bradbury
“Are you a born writer? Were you put on earth to be a painter, a scientist, an apostle of peace? In the end the question can only be answered by action. Do it or don’t do it… creative work is not a selfish act or a bid for attention on the part of the actor. It’s a gift to the world and every being in it. Don’t cheat us of your contribution. Give us what you’ve got.”—Steven Pressfield, “The War of Art”
“The cave you fear to enter holds the treasure you seek. The big question is whether you are going to be able to say a hearty yes to your adventure.” — Joseph Campbell
“My passions drive me to the typewriter every day of my life, and they have driven me there since I was twelve. So I never have to worry about schedules. Some new thing is always exploding in me, and it schedules me, I don’t schedule it. It says: Get to the typewriter right now and finish this.”—Ray Bradbury