I re-stumbled back on this quote by Cheryl Strayed. She's giving advice to a young writer, but I feel like it applied to most of us as humans. Her voice is compassionate and a kick in the ass at the same time. It's a constant reminder for myself to keep my ego in check and get back to work.
This past weekend, I went to Forth Worth Texas for the Film + Music conference. It was such a grounding experience. I met so many of my inspirations and got to know a lot of my peers. I left knowing that there is another whole group of filmmakers and composers who are in a very similar boat to me.
I met the folks at Variable, who's work I followed religiously when first starting out. Even after working with the largest clients in the nation, they learned that it all came down to their relationships.
Ryan Booth put how I feel some days perfectly: “It's going to look like you're flailing and that's ok. Movement is key.”
The internet has allowed us to share a life that looks like it's all put together. Perfectly composed images. Curated copy descriptions. Whimsical profile pictures. At Film + Music, I met people who felt just like me: Flailing. People who I've looked up to for YEARS and still feel like they're flailing. I realized that we're all on a similar trajectory towards the unknown. As Jad Abumrad, the producer of Radiolab put it: "We are all Floating through space and all I can think of is thank God I'm not alone. I have my team next to me and we can get through the doubt, together.”
For the first time in a while, I felt comforted knowing that we were all floating through the unknown together.