Let’s be honest: working in the film industry is not easy, at any stage of your career.
But it’s important to remember that you’re not alone. Most well-known Hollywood actors had to go through this rough path too.
Did you know that Vin Diesel, the main actor of Fast and Furious, did not pass many auditions?
However, he didn’t spend his time being upset. Instead, he took action. He directed a short film with a modest budget, called Multi-Facial. This film sees Diesel as a multicultural actor and shows the emotional issues he personally faced to not fit in any role. It is true that the film’s main character has unique physical characteristics, and his colour skin is too light or too dark for pre-established roles. And at the auditions, it was difficult for him to be seen for his artistic skills, just noticing that he is not Italian, is not black, is not Spanish and so on.
The interesting thing about Multi-Facial is that it replaced another work called Strays, a feature film, abandoned by Vin Diesel in 1995 because of the lack of money.
This is an important message also for all the creatives:
Don’t pursue perfection, just do your best.
Luck would have it, the film was screened at the Anthology Film Archives in Manhattan, receiving a good response. Then, it was accepted for the 1995 Cannes Film Festival. There, Steven Spielberg watched the film and liked it so much that offered him a role in Saving Private Ryan. And the rest, as they say, is history.
From this story we can learn a few lessons:
1) YOU NEED TO HAVE A DREAM
Dreams represent your desires and can make you happy if you are brave to pursue them. And dreams are sometimes not reasonable, they require taking risks and even failures.
2) YOU HAVE TO TURN YOUR DREAMS INTO GOALS
You have to work your way up. Start with daily, weekly, eventually – monthly “smaller” goals. For example, you can set a goal of writing a little script or making a video on your phone for the week.
After all, dreams come true thanks to our actions. Think of goals as the bridges that link you to them.
Still not sure?
Think about Walt Disney. He launched his first own cartoon, in Laugh-O-Gram Studios in 1920, but the company went bankrupt a couple of years later. With the loss of his first business, Mr. Disney packed his bags, and with just $40 to his name, took off to Los Angeles. But he failed there too.
Not so long after, Disney was hired by Mintz’s company and created Oswald, the Lucky Rabbit, that became a big success. Unfortunately, Disney soon discovered that his producer stole Oswald’s character from him. Walt Disney then went to New York and on his train ride home from there, he created Mickey Mouse. He was inspired by a little mouse that always visited him in his first office at Laugh-O-Gram Studios.
No creative path is ever easy.
But one thing to keep in mind is that talent is not enough if you want to succeed. You need also determination and resilience to succeed. It’s important to remember that dreams are not enough-hard work is equally important.