I have some advice for anyone who wants to be a filmmaker. Find yourself a supportive husband!
OK, some of you might prefer a supportive wife, partner, boy/girlfriend, or whatever, but I’m sure you get my drift. You can’t do it on your own, or worse still with someone who resents your dreams.
I am incredibly lucky to have a wonderful, and extremely long-suffering, husband and a fantastic family and I’m happy to admit I would be completely lost without their support.
Following a dream can be an amazing experience but it can also be exhausting, infuriating and occassionally downright depressing.
There are times when I want to scream with frustration when things go wrong and others when I am bouncing with excitement because something has gone wonderfully right.
This is not a recipe for domestic harmony.
As I’ve said, I’m lucky and I know it, but if you are thinking of starting out on your own filmmaking adventure I would strongly advise you to be honest with your loved ones.
Tell them it’s not going to be glamorous. In fact, tell them it’s going to be hell.
They need to know that for a long period of time you are going to be stressed, anxious and ecstatic by turns. All available money will be spent, birthdays and anniversaries will be forgotten, and you will spend long hours working with strange new people they neither know or understand.
If your plans are met with exclamations of shock, horror or ridicule I can only suggest that it’s better that you know their feelings now rather than after you’ve given up your job and committed your life savings to a new camera and editing suite.
However, if you are lucky enough to find that your family and friends are prepared to support you, you will have a resource more valuable than gold and a constant source of emotional strength.
And don’t ever forget to tell them how much you appreciate them!