DREAMS COME AT A COST

At what point do you give up?

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jeremy | December 14, 2010 | 1 comment


It’s been just over 6 years since I started working on this movie. When I started, I had absolutely no experience in filming. Over time I “learned the ropes” and figured out what not to do. “Get your hand off the zoom” was one of the first bad habits I had to break to capture a great image. When does following your dream get to the point where you question your sanity? Have you ever faced this issue? If you’ve gone after a dream, then I bet you have.

Well, let me be honest… If I were keeping count, there have probably been several hundred times that thought has run through my head. Is it just self doubt or a bit of reality trying to put some sensibility and reason into my hard head? Yes, I know the facts: 1) The movie has no budget. 2) It is being made by someone who’s never made a movie. 3) I’ve gone broke 7 times trying to make it. 4) Ok, shut up I don’t want to hear your list. That’s real depressing stuff.

Let’s examine the other side of the issue. What if i quit? What if I just throw up my hands and say, “I give up!” When those words echo in the back of my head, hope whispers, “keep at it, you’re almost there”. Nobody trips over mountains. It is the small pebbles that can cause you to miss your step. When those small voices start to feed you doubt, just remind it that you’ll have to live with yourself once you quit. The greatest glory is not in never failing, but in never quiting. Quiting is something I will never do. Perhaps when the movie is complete and it’s not that great, I might wish I would have! Ha!

What’s the easiest way to destroy a man’s dream? Give him another dream.

Winston Churchill said it perfectly when he gave a speech to the graduating class at Oxford. It was the shortest speech ever in class history: “NEVER, NEVER, NEVER, NEVER GIVE UP!”

Jeremy

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