Shoot For Blanks

google-chromescreensnapz033It all starts here… on a blank white page. A blank white page demands your creativity. A blank white page says, “so, what do you want to do, boss?”. Many people dread facing the blank white page. I love it.

I had a photography student at CalArts approach me in a panic for advice. She had her portfolio committee submission due the next morning, and she hadn’t done a shot yet. She needed twelve. So I suggested that she just show up with twelve blank 8×10’s matted in a portfolio. When asked to explain the stunt, I told her to simply answer, “this represents my future potential.” (she didn’t pass, unfortunately). But at least she did something!

So long as you do not expect perfection you’ll only get better. Write shitty. Burn an omelette. Bake an ugly, lopsided cake with chunks of unmixed baking soda. Dribble a basketball like nobody is watching. Start with very no expectations then you can’t fail. Just focus on your progress. Creativity is way more fun this way.

Being busy is not a desirable goal. It leaves you less room to daydream. For those who have known me for a long time, you’ll know that I’m constantly in search of ways to do less. Not because I’m lazy, but because I know that’s the fertile ground for me to invent things, imagine new companies, or create a story to be shared on film – from scratch.

Whether it’s a screenplay, novel, web page, blog post, birthday cake… just start. Focus on learning and improving, not on making a hit. That’s a secret I wish someone taught me decades ago.

I’m an author, photographer, entrepreneur, musician, husband and parent of twins. And most currently, screenwriter

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    “Focus on learning and improving, not on making a hit.” This way of thinking really has meaning for me. Thank you for taking the time to share your discoveries.

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