My apologies for the delay in this blog but I have been pondering something that I wanted to get right. I think I have finally got there… What makes us a success? Is it fame and world recognition? Seeing ourselves in the newspaper every other week? (Whether it is good or bad) I don’t think it is you see one of my favourite actors is highly regarded by those who know who he is yet to my knowledge has not been in a tabloid for ‘Bad Behaviour’. But then you see these actors and singers who end up in tabloids on almost a daily basis for something that doesn’t belong in the public eye. So how do they differ? I am sure they all make mistakes but how does one stay under the radar when the other ends up splashed as front page news?
I ask because I want the first life; the success without the tabloid sensation. I have so much respect for those who have achieved so much but have stayed humble enough to stay out of the ever pressing eye of the press. I have mentioned this actor before; Seth Green he has a remarkable track record of achievements and has worked with some incredible people.
In Family Guy he is even humble enough to have the piss taken out of himself, he regularly goes to ‘Comic Cons’ and connects with his fan base yet stays away from negative sensationalism. He has created his own TV show as well as working with some of the greats in the business with his weird and wacky creation ‘Robot Chicken’. There is a lot to admire here. Don’t get me wrong I am a fan of his work but this is not crazed ramblings I actually admire the work ethic; it seems to me that he treats it like any other job and lives as normally as he can which is why it is as good as it is. He doesn’t seem to be using it as a golden ticket to fame.
There are so many authors out there who do the same; they do it because they love the work not for the recognition. And these are the people who are usually a success in one form or another because they aren’t just throwing out any old rubbish and hoping it will sell, they take their time and make sure it is right before they release. It takes president over everything else; if it is worth doing it is worth doing properly so don’t be fooled into thinking that this is easy or it is just sat at a computer coming up with stories; there is so much more to it than that… You have to create people and worlds plotlines people can buy into and all without the help of actors to give it life. And that is the easy part; once that is done you have to trust someone enough to edit your work, and then you market it. You spend hours doing things you aren’t used to and having to sell not just your book but your credibility as a new author. Set up book signing and research where to go to get the best exposure. Find out who will be best to print your work, learn how to create an ebook and get your book on places like amazon…. You have to do all this and more before the book launches. It takes a lot; you need the passion there and the right motive to do it. Not everybody makes it. Some break big others make a decent living; but if you are passionate enough then you will never stop trying.
I suppose the point I am making is in every line of work where you face the possibility of ‘fame and fortune’ you run the risk of catching the bug and loosing the reason why you started in the first place. No matter what you do; don’t lose that drive, that passion. It is worth more than all the money in the world; it’s your dream.
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