Back when I started producing I met an enterprising young woman who was still in school at NYU interested in producing. Over the years we've stayed in touch and recently she made the move to LA and the film side of the business. Today, she's my guest blogger. In this post, Julie tells all about her story and her latest project. Take it away Julie.
Recently, I have found myself in conversations with others that are haunted by perfectionism. This clever form of procrastination translates into something like, “When I have all of the pieces of the puzzle perfectly in place, then I will make my first film, produce my first photoshoot, or mount my first off-Broadway production.” I find myself asking, “Isn’t art supposed to be messy? Don’t those who haphazardly throw themselves into the fire have the advantage?”
Perfectionism can be prohibitive in the arts because it has the tendency to quarantine us to our minds. To “jump into the fire,” “take a leap of faith,” or any other age-old cliché, we must lead with our heart and our passion. The trap of perfectionism can manifest itself in all different artistic disciplines. Locating the core of your passion, your artistic motivation, can serve as an anchor when the well-groomed face of perfectionism pays you a visit.
You may be asking, “How do you locate your artistic motivation?” I think some people are blessed to just know it. Last night I had the pleasure of watching an incredibly talented musician perform in a charming, organic bar in Los Angeles. He has always been an inspiring talent, but seeing him perform what he describes as “conscious music for earthlings” was a particular joy. He has clearly located his passion in life and infused it into his artistic expression. There is something so honest and authentic about this kind of work.
For those of us who are searching, questioning, striving, but not arriving, we may have to seek another route to this level of connectedness with our work. If we cannot find the answer within ourselves, we may decide to look to others. Often there is that one amazing teacher or mentor who just speaks your language. This person may remind you of your passion, why you are here, and where you are going. Sometimes, in what can be a highly competitive industry, we lose sight of the value of others.
As producers, we have the opportunity to create collaborations that encourage others to bring themselves, their passion, and their excitement to each project. In staffing the short film that I am currently producing, I sought not only skilled professionals, but also those whose passion and excitement existed in the realm of the project. The piece is dark and provocative. It explores the act of killing in four different vignettes tied together by the characters’ experiences. The actors and crew that responded to the piece from a place of excitement and connectedness are the ones that I was eager to employ. The passion has taken precedence over the perfectionism and has yielded an incredibly positive producing experience thus far.
I wish I could give you the keys to the kingdom. I wish I had the knowledge and insight to assuage any of your concerns, reaffirm the value you bring to your chosen art form, and release the constraints of the perfectionist hiding within you. Truth be told, I’m traveling on this path next to you, not in front of you. And on this path, my success is defined by the quality of the steps taken between the milestones. Wishing you all a messy, dangerous, and thrilling adventure.
For more information on me and my work visit: www,juliebersani.com
To support my current production, In the First Degree, please visit the kickstarter page: http://kck.st/UEAuzT