I found this video which was created by the team at JacksGap a while back. The video features the now famous filmmaker and now YouTuber, Casey Neistat. Those of us who are familiar with the arts know the importance of story telling and how a single moment can explain an entire plot line. Casey explains the importance of reaching an audience and telling theses stories in a meaningful way. He is a prime example of how hard work and true drive push us forward and make a difference. He closes the video by telling the audience that money should never have a role in a young creatives drive. Us as humans almost always associate money with hard work but Casey pushes that we should rather associate hard work with our passion.
When it comes to the core motivation or the reason I got into it, it’s because I feel when I make a movie or I tell a story, I’m communicating something that’s important to me in a way that it can reach more people, In a way it can reach people beyond just myself.
I come from a pretty simple background. My dad was a restaurant supply salesman and, I left home when I was really young, so I was pretty poor. I had my son when I was sixteen and I washed dishes for a living. It wasn’t until I was eighteen years old that I decided that I wanted to make movies. I was washing dishes to pay for the computer that I could edit on. I was an assistant. I used to clean out kitty litter boxes for my boss, so I could get a paycheck, take that money, buy cameras, and make movies. I always made a living so I could make movies. I never made movies to try to make a living and I think that a big mistake that a lot of newcomers do is they focus on “how can my passion pay me” and I think that’s a terrible place to start.
If the reason why you are doing anything creative is to make a living then you’re doing it wrong.
You get into it because it’s a true passion, it’s something you really believe in. Or don’t get into it at all.