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Make it happen.
To show a way to the impeded,
to break the chains of the mentally imprisoned, to bring calm to the storm, and to raise the consciousness of all.
1. In my one-on-one interactions.
2. Through the use of my writiing and art works.
3. By leading by example.
If you want to change the world around you, why go into the arts?
1. I didn’t think that I should focus only on writing, as I already write well enough to get my ideas across.
2. To focus only on writing would limit the number of ways in which I was able to pursue my goal, and limit me to battling in only one arena.
3. I didn’t want to limit my ideas to people already interested in reading books and articles.
4. I had already seen too many with good intentions go into politics only to be rendered defeated, corrupted, or both.
5. Knowing my own personality, I thought it best to focus on mastering a single artform while keeping a hand in several others.
Why become a filmmaker?
1. To master filmmaking, one must study writing, aesthetics, composition, symbolism, the use of motifs, photography, lighting, editing, pacing, animation, and graphic design. Therefore, if one has mastered filmmaking one has already laid a foundation upon which to build in the domains of virtually all other artforms, apart from composing music.
2. Similar to the skillsets mentioned above, filmmaking relies upon a great deal of equipment and technical knowledge. These too, when possessed, lay a foundation for other ventures.
3. Being a filmmaker involves a high degree of leadership. The filmmaker must give instructions to their crew, and guide clients where they are uncertain. This, like any other skill, must be practiced if it is to be maintained.
4. Getting the average film project off the ground often requires the cooperation of a large network of people. Being on good terms with this many people makes it easy to solve problems and make mutually beneficial connections, be they germane to a film project or not.
Why not do this in your spare time and pursue something more lucrative or secure for your profession?
1. Operating in the film industry keeps my skills sharper than if it were just something I did on the side.
2. I actually do have a hand in other business ventures, but for reasons I’ll visit later.
3. With the inordinate cost of film equipment and film production, from the cameras to the lights to the high-end computers, one cannot justify the expenditure unless one is also deriving a profit from it. Currently, the income I live off of is derived as much from other sources as it is from filmmaking. I put a great portion of the profits from filmmaking back into more equipment, upgrades, R&D etc.
So if your professional work is merely a means to an end, do you actually care about your clients?
That’s a perfectly valid question, one that can occasionally be seen hovering in the air, though few people want to seem impolite by asking it. The answer is yes.
1. Aside from professional pride, I often work with people working for causes that I support, curtailing suicide, fighting obesity, education etc. A lot of my other work is with artists struggling to get off the ground, and that’s always rewarding. Aside from that, I derive a lot of satisfaction not only from the job well done, but from the effect of that job, seeing a business grow, an artist gaining exposure, or a cause garnering support.
2. If I don’t do a good job, then my business will fail. That would be an impediment to my goals.
3. I genuinely love my job. I wouldn’t work the long hours or invest the amount of capital that I have if I didn’t.
But since your business relies on good client relationships, doesn’t that limit what you can say and do as a writer, philosopher and artist?
1. Regarding a great many things, not at all. If you look at my Instagram for example, there’s naked women all over the place. Some of them *gasp* are even with a man, and they are… doing that thing that all of our parents did and most of us have done. Some people might be put off by that, but they figure, “he’s an artist.” That word grants one an extraordinary amount of leniency in our culture. Simply by virtue of being an artist, there’s a lot that I can get away with that your average person in business cannot. For most things, I would say no.
2. That being said, our culture is becoming more divided, and more and more people are choosing to exclude and cut ties with people based upon their social, political and religious reasons. If someone is the type of person who doesn’t want to work with me because I say that black lives matter, or women shouldn’t be shamed for sexually behaving as men do, then I’m alright not working with them.
3. Besides that, let’s say that I garnered enough exposure and recognition, and I said something that really pissed people off. Let’s say that no one will hire me, and no one wants to work for me. I have a silent hand in multiple other business ventures, so financially I would be fine, I already have all the gear I need to make whatever film project I have waiting in the cue, and more than likely, support from those few that agree with what I said would go up.
I’ve deliberately set up my cashflow and my diversification in such a way that I can say and do whatever I want as a writer, philosopher, and artist. The reason I’ve done this is so that no one need fear that I’m going to sell out. I know that I wouldn’t sell out, but my supporters need to know that. That’s easier if it’s based on more than faith. Considered that way, my other business ventures are as crucial to my goal acquisition as filmmaking is.
4. On top of that, I’ve already had to deal with people that tried to sabotage my projects, hurt my business, and sent me death threats. If that didn’t stop me, it’s unlikely that a boycott would do so.
“One person can’t change the world.” is the mantra of those that have never tried.
Let’s try, every day.
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