Fear Of Hollywood Success — What Stops Many From Reaching Their Goals by Elaine Zicree and Marc Zicree

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Film Courage: And I’m wondering about fear of success? Because I know that this is something people think they don’t have, but [actually succeeding] is a huge thing [people fear]. Everything around you would then change. People would treat you differently. Maybe people would be fearful of you or envious of you?

Marc Zicree: Yes…it’s terrible to have a lot of money.

Film Courage: …Or live in a gated community! [laughs] I know it would be terrible!

Elaine Zicree: Part of it is the mythos of a golden door. Here I am, you know. I have bad thoughts that are with my Mom and I’m not a very good enough person. But if I go through the golden door, everything will be changed and wonderful and I’ll wake up with my hair in order and it’s all going to be great. It’s this fear of this great transition and something that you can’t come up to or people will be waiting for you to fall. And there are people who (from envy), wait for you to fall. But if you don’t see life as this [makes a roller coaster motion with hands], you know that you will always fall on your face but just that you are who you are, just struggling on a slow uphill battle. There will always be downs, but you can always fight your way back up. I think some of that fear is that of what the publicity machines create, which is an unrealistic vision of who you are when you write well…like you are suddenly a celebrity….(Watch the rest of this thought-provoking answer here on Youtube).

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About Marc and Elaine:

Working both together and individually, writer-producer-directors Marc Scott Zicree and Elaine Zicree have sold over 100 teleplays, screenplays and pilots to every major studio and network, including landmark stories for such shows as STAR TREK– THE NEXT GENERATION, DEEP SPACE NINE, THE NEW TWILIGHT ZONE, BABYLON 5, BEAUTY AND THE BEAST, FOREVER KNIGHT, SLIDERS, LIBERTY’S KIDS, SUPERFRIENDS, HE-MAN, REAL GHOSTBUSTERS and SMURFS. Their work has been nominated for the American Book Award, Humanitas Prize, Diane Thomas Award, and Hugo and Nebula Awards, and they’ve won the TV Guide Award, prestigious Hamptons Prize and 2011 Rondo and Saturn Awards. Fans of their work include Steve Spielberg, J.J. Abrams, Ray Bradbury, Damon Lindelof, Frank Darabont, Joss Whedon and millions of fans around the world (Read more here).

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