Apr
03

Truth, Success, Etc.

Written by Gwydhar Gebien

INT. SCREENING ROOM. DAY

GWYDHAR, a young film director sits in a workshop at the Kent Independent Film Festival in Kent, CT. She is hoping to glean some tips on how to make contacts in the industry. Her notebook is blank except for the date. Slowly a quote bubbles up in her memory:

J. MICHAEL STRYCZNSKI (Voiceover)

Never follow somebody elses path: it doesn’t work the same way twice for anyone… The path follows you and rolls up behind you as you walk forcing the next person to find their own way.

GWYDHAR makes note of this and tries to think of a way to incorporate it in the blog that she is supposed to write before Wednesday.

EXT. CHICAGO SIDEWALK. DAY

GWYDHAR and BLUE DAMEN, a manifestation of her conscience, walk side by side on the way to GWYDHAR’S day job.

BLUE DAMEN

So did you find what you were looking for?

GWYDHAR
Yes and No.

BLUE DAMEN
What do you mean?

GWYDHAR
I was looking for an answer about what the next step towards success should be and I didn’t get one, but maybe that was the answer after all: that trying to figure out what the next step should be isn’t a problem that you are ever supposed to solve.

BLUE DAMEN
Give me an example.

GWYDHAR
OK, So I submitted our film “Persephone” to the Kent Film Festival and it was accepted.

BLUE DAMEN
So that makes you a success.

GWYDHAR
But hardly anyone came to see it- I think maybe a total of 17 people in two showings. And 3 walked out.

BLUE DAMEN
So it was a bust.

GWYDHAR
But it did win an award for Best Experimental Short.

BLUE DAMEN
So it was a success.

GWYDHAR
But no one bought any copies so we didn’t make any money off of showing it.

BLUE DAMEN
So what are you trying to say?

GWYDHAR
I’m trying to say that as an artist there are two kinds of success: the kind that makes money and the kind that wins awards.

BLUE DAMEN
And you need both.

GWYDHAR
Everyone needs a little bit of both but the proportions are different from person to person. Some people need more financial success and some people need more artistic success. The thing about filmmaking that is so discouraging is that there is no “right” way to do it. There is no single path to success and the people who are successful at it are just as mystified about how they got there as the rest of us.

They arrive outside GWYDHAR’s day job and GWYDHAR fumbles for her keys hoping that she didn’t forget them, again.

BLUE DAMEN
No mystery how we got here- we walked. All 17 blocks.

GWYDHAR
Well, hard work is the first step…

BLUE DAMEN
And the first step is hard work. Yuk yuk yuk.

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