People with interesting lives have no vanity. They swap cities. Invest in projects with no guarantees. Are interested in people who are their polar opposites. Resign without having another job in sight. Accept invitations to do things they have never done before. Are prepared to change their favorite color, their favorite dish. They start from zero countless times. They are not frightened about growing old. They climb on stage, shear their hair, do crazy things for love, and buy one way tickets.
“By each crime and every kindness, we birth our future.”
I got an email yesterday from someone asking for industry advice. I saw this as a great opportunity to practice what I preach about what kind of person you want to be and what you represent. I gave the best advice I could, linked a few web resources, and wished them luck. The most important thing to know is that the people in this industry make the difference. It’s not a matter of how high up you are, I’ve gotten emailed advice from people I’ve never even met very high on the entertainment food chain, and heard nothing back from small companies that maybe no ones even heard of. The difference is the people. What kind of person are you? What kind of person do you want to be in this industry? The best advice I’ve gotten from someone in this industry is the same thing my mother tells me all the time…Pay it forward. Because oddly enough you keep what you have by giving it away. I’m taking all the necessary steps now to not turn into one of the faceless people in this industry who don’t understand and perhaps don’t care about the weight that a returned email response carries for the person that sent it. So hopefully my actions inspire that person to do the same for someone else.