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Friday, December 2, 2011

Filmmaking VS. Bookwriting

I want to make the most of my stay here. I want to be something of worth. I want to contribute something important, entertaining, to humanity. Something of value.

I've tried many things -- experimented in many careers. For a long time, I thought film was my calling: I directed, acted, wrote, edited, made music, even did camera work. Nothing came of it. When I hit 30, I took a long, hard (that's what she said) look at myself and asked, "What's my purpose? What am I good at? What's fun?"

I was always telling stories. Problem with filmmaking is that you need a bunch of things to tell that story: Money, people, more money, and a lot of patience. Many, many years I spent making films, and as fun a hobby as film is, that's all it'll ever be for me: A hobby. I know that now, and I'm at peace with that choice.

Writing books is much more fun. I'm the boss. I don't have to worry about budget or arguing with crew members. And it's even better in this modern, digital age -- with eBooks. I can manage everything from book cover design to price to marketing. Total control.

I want to make a difference in the world; take people away from their problems, if only for a few hours. I have a goal of entertaining a billion readers. And I intend on making it happen.

I will stand for something. My life will mean something. I will not be ignored, or forgotten.

Strange feelings of contentment, awe, and excitement....


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7 comments:

  1. I've also gone through this. My personal favorite - is making videos. It's fun, it's active, I'm out of the house. It's easier for me to shoot video than write books because my mind is like a trapped tiger sitting in a room on my computer. I need to be outdoors.

    I started Youtube videos (youtube.com/user/thaipulsedotcom) feel free to edit the link out, but go check out the channel when you have time. I have 7.5 million views, 300+ videos... and making some small $. Need to either ramp it up or just make a decision to stop screwing around, and write books full-time. I have tried to motivate myself to write another fiction book - and cannot. For the time being, I'm just going to crank out more video and hope that I stumble into something that goes viral.

    Good luck Ray. I do hope you are successful with whichever focus you decide on!

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  2. Thanks, man! Good to meet you.

    I actually had a rather successful YouTube channel, too. It was a cartoon called Boss Hospital. It did well, but I got bored. Man, maintaining a channel is hard work, lol. Best of luck to you and your goals! =D

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  3. Hi Raymund :-) How bizarre! My blog that you commented on addressed books and movies... :-)

    I love this: "I want to make a difference in the world; take people away from their problems, if only for a few hours."

    Wow, what beautiful motivation...

    Best of luck to you :-)

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  4. interesting thoughts. makes a lot of sense.

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