What I was thinking 5 years ago
In 2006 my friend, Michael Aisner, wrote me an email about my seemingly disparate interests in both music and film - he knew that I was confused about which ONE to pursue, and he was trying to help me figure out which basket I should put my eggs in.
My email back to him was this:
Yeah, I do feel pressure to specialize, but I find myself reluctant to pick a certain direction. Right now, I love film, and I love music. I don’t know where that’s going to take me, but I can’t give up one or the other. I don’t think I’d be happy, or rather it wouldn’t be possible. The day I decide to give up movies, I’ll come up with an idea for a screenplay, and I won’t stop myself from writing it down, you know? I can’t.
At some point, you’re right - I’m going to have to pick something and go for it. But I feel like I need to let nature take its course and help me decide which way to go. Hopefully, after all is said and done, I’ll be able to do both. If not professionally, then one as a hobby, the other as my career. Although, I can’t imagine that right now. It seems like they’re so integrated. I don’t know.
Anyway, thanks for your encouragement. I’m going to keep pressing forward, and when I get an idea that worthy of all my eggs, I’ll go for it. So far, that idea is still lingering around somewhere, but not in my head. We’ll see.
Talk to you soon.