Making tough decisions
-In previous blog posts I have noted that while the moving making process is amazing, there are many challenges. One of the challenges is that sometimes a person has to make tough decisions. This is true in all of life. Things get rough. People say things. Obstacles arise. Sometimes we find ourselves as the only one to stand up for this dream. It's in those moments that the true hero inside of us can rise up. It's then that we really learn who we are and why we are here.
When making a movie, sometimes that means welcoming new people on board and sometimes it means moving forward after saying goodbye. People come into our lives for a reason and every single person is a blessing in some way, even those who do not feel it at the time. We need to appreciate that. We also need to appreciate that sometimes very wonderful people need to leave our projects. But at the same time, we need to always keep our dream alive. It depends on us. We are the advocate.
So the real point of what I am thinking about here is that while working on your project you may need to make a tough decision involving real people with real feelings and real value. Be compassionate. Be brave. Your inner-hero will come through for you, so go with your gut, keep moving, and see every experience as one that can make you and your project better. Don't fear making these decisions because your project needs you to be the hero of the story.
Remember three things: you are amazing, your project deserves life, and it's a great ride, but it can get a bit bumpy.
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Lynne M. Smelser is an executive producer and scriptwriter. For more than 20 years she has been an active writer who has won many national awards. She also holds a Ph.D. in English from Michigan State University.