Dream big, Hollywood!
by Felicia Cameron Leger
There’s nothing like the start of a new year. I love waking up on January first to a clean slate, full of untapped potential and purged of all the previous year’s mistakes. It’s like an annual ‘get out of jail free’ card. Three hundred sixty-five more days to realize my goals.
As a moviegoer, I’m looking forward to seeing what will be borne out of Hollywood’s goals for 2014. The first post I wrote for Hollywood Journal talked about my admiration for film people. They have the resolve to work for weeks and months and sometimes years on projects that take them away from family and friends – all for the sake of a vision. Quite often they do it with no guarantee they’ll have anything to show for it at the end. And that takes guts.
So, in honor of all the hard work you do, this month’s post is dedicated to moviemakers. Be you director, writer, stand-in or grip. Whether you’re in front of the camera or behind a desk piled high with bills, whether you’re making million-dollar decisions or getting someone’s coffee – I thank you for your dreams, and for bringing them to fruition. Because of you, I have the privilege of walking into a theatre and experiencing something beautiful, something that can change me for the better.
Everyone makes New Year’s resolutions. We may not actually write them down, or even be conscious of them, but that doesn’t matter. There is something in the human spirit that nudges us to dream, to be better than we are.
Hollywood’s resolutions may look different from the ones made in Detroit or Dublin or Khao Lak, but they all share a common thread. Whether someone is aspiring to an Oscar or saving up for a fishing boat, we are at our best when we are working toward a goal. The only difference is that Hollywood’s goals tend to be more public than most everyone else’s. And their manifestations can affect a whole lot of people.
So, Hollywood, I hope you take your dreams for 2014 and run with them. You have a blank canvas in front of you. Paint your masterpiece for the rest of us to admire. And for those of you who aren’t feeling the New Year’s spring in your step, those whose efforts were beaten down by rejection and disappointment in 2013, please don’t let that stop you. Push on. If the journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step, all you have to do is put on your walking shoes. One day you will complete that journey, and I’ll be lining up at the theatre to buy a ticket when you do.
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