Just give up!
Everyone is smarter and more talented than you. Better looking too.
You will never get a break.
Everyone you are competing against is miles ahead of you.
Really, you should just give up.
Will their looks fade, while your unique perspective remains?
Will your struggle teach you the craft and make you better in the long run than any of these overnight successes?
Will you get your break, as long as you endure?
Anyone taking on a film has these thoughts. Actually, anyone endeavouring to do anything inspired by their passion has these thoughts. Whether it is painting your first canvas in your living room or writing a script.
I've had them.
It's an internal struggle, borne of never really knowing if your work resonates with anyone.
Does anyone reading this really connect to it the way I want them to?
When faced with that kind of uncertainty, and watching the apparent success of others, it's easy to contemplate giving up.
You haven't really risked anything if you have never, even briefly, contemplated giving up.
But what if you persevered?
Samuel L Jackson is a household name today.
He was still acting in Hamburger commercials in 1975, when he was 27 years old. Still waiting for a break.
14 years later he played the 'black guy' in 'Sea Of Love'. That was his actual character name.
But it didn't matter. He was still working towards his dream.
That same year, 1989, Samuel L Jackson finally got his big break in Spike Lee's 'Do the Right Thing'.
At 41 years old.
22 years later, Samuel L Jackson became the Guiness Book of Records 'Highest Grossing Actor of all Time' in 2011.
His films have grossed an INCREDIBLE US$7.4 Billion.
That's about double the entire economy of Fiji.
It turns out you can learn more from Samuel L Jackson than just a "Royale with Cheese" is the French term for a McDonald's Quarter Pounder.
Perseverance pays off.
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