The Distance from our Dreams to Reality
Today I want to go through dissecting a dream and a plan to make it a reality. The title of this post could also read, "Building a Bridge from Dreams to Reality."
Let's take my life long dream because it is one of the most common dreams and the most common to fail. The dream of being a movie star. Dreams are at least half fantasy and we need to cut through the fake parts to get to the real part of the dream to make it come true.
The movies create a static world of perfection we want to join. This gives the impression to the public that the lives of movie people are better than real life. Actually the complications and pitfalls are many; actors probably live with more struggle, rejection, and danger than the average person. You have only to read about the lives of the stars to know how tough the life of an actor can be. Predators galore are out there in the entertainment industry. Basically the life of an actor is an uphill obstacle course and there is no guarantee you will be a success even if you complete it.
I realized very early that, although acting and film making is my passion, the life of an actress/entertainer was not my cup of tea. I would not like constantly travel, live on the road, dodging unscrupulous characters, being told where to go and what to do, not to mention dodging shows with immoral content. It is a very unsettling life. Most actors and actresses have their careers mismanaged by someone else and they always have regrets of the parts they never got to play. I made the decision not to go the traditional route.
As an independent I have complete control of what I do and if I am unhappy with my parts I have no one to blame, but myself, LOL! As an independent I have eliminated many of the problems actors face. Also as the CEO of my own company I am in a better position to make high ranking contacts in the course of film production. Having your own company also is a provision for old age, since the entertainment industry is famous for dropping aging stars. I believe I stand the best chance of building career satisfaction and stability on my own. I am very grateful for the modern technology that makes the artists' career sort of self serve these days. But it is still a lot of work to master your art, master the online publishing medium, and finally master the marketing aspect. This post could probably be expanded to a whole book, but this is a general overview
In the final analysis the success of your dream is 99% work and it is determined by how effectively you use reality to build that bridge between real life and your dream. :-)
Adele Celeste Smith