Seven years ago I left a family business that was doing well, not because I was upset or didn’t get along (I worked for my Dad for 1.5 years and loved every moment) — I left because I wanted something different.
I wanted to challenge the way people understand the world through stories.
So I moved to Los Angeles to teach myself film from scratch. I made something like $12,000 the first year BEFORE costs were included. My fiance’s Mom was pressuring me to get a ‘real job’. I said no, and I told my fiance to trust me. She did.
Now married 4 years later — we’re seeing that hard work paying off in a big way. Not only am I making films that I care about, I’m making good money doing it.
If you want to do what you love, you need three things: to work your ass off, the belief to keep going, and the willingness to self-iterate.
I am not the person I was 4 years ago, and I will not be the person I am now 4 years from now — and I’d like to keep it that way.
Sidenote: I play tennis competitively because I enjoy the lessons it teaches me as well.