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How Much is Too Much?

In Author: Gwydhar Bratton on November 7, 2009 at 4:10 am

I got into an argument yesterday with one of my fellow Blue Damen team members about how many projects we should be scheduling for next year. We didn’t really resolve things straight out,  but it did get me thinking about where the line is between doing enough and doing too much.

The first part of this argument is where do you draw the line between projects from your personal life vs projects from your professional life? For instance, this coming year I will be planning a wedding. A wedding is a Big Deal that will take up a lot of time and resources. In fact producing a film and producing a wedding involve largely the same resources and the same kind of time commitment. The only difference is that a wedding is a personal project while a film is a professional project.

The problem is time. As C.S. Lewis says:  ” The future is something which everyone reaches at the rate of 60 minutes an hour, whatever he does, whoever he is. ”  There is only so much time in the day and only so many days in a year. Do I choose to commit that time to a personal project or to a professional one? If I choose to only work on a personal project such as a wedding I lose my professional momentum from having films in production or in the festival circuit. On the other hand, if I commit myself entirely to a film and neglect my personal life then who am I but a sum of my work?

Is it really too much to ask to have both? Are personal projects and professional projects mutually exclusive? At what point do you begin to sacrifice one for the other?  I don’t have answers for these questions. I would like to think that the line between professional and personal is not as distinct as we like to think that it is. I would like to think that my profession is part of who I am personally, not just something that I do during the 9 to 5. I would like to believe that my personal life is equally important to my professional work as the films I produce.

So how much is too much? To work in a creative industry is to reach deep down inside your personal self and to develop something expressive and innovative and sincere through hard work and collaboration.  To separate the personal from the professional is what makes work overwhelming.

Would You Eat A Pigeon?

In Author: Gwydhar Bratton on July 24, 2009 at 10:27 am

I was taking a tour in Scotland back in my traveling days and the tour guide in Edinburgh pointed out  a series of openings near the peak of a roof on one of the older buildings in the city.

“Do you know what those are for?” She asked everyone in general. No one did.

“Openings were built into the houses so that pigeons would come and nest in the rafters.” She explained. “If times were hard and there wasn’t much food, there was a ready supply of pigeons to be had.”

Meat that comes from a pigeon is called squab. If you’re like me, then “mmm, lunch,” is not the first thing to come to mind relating to the common pigeon, but I did have to admire the resourcefulness of those Scottish architects to consider the possibility of hard times when they were designing their buildings. When I think about eating a pigeon (alias: rat-with-wings) I have trouble trying not to turn my nose up at the very idea. It is as if eating a pigeon is “below” me, and while I may never be faced with the kind of hunger that would make squab look like a tasty dish it does make me wonder how many other things I consider “below” me that I might be missing out on.

No matter what you’re goals are in life, success is the result of turning resources into accomplishments. Doesn’t it make sense that the more resources that are at your disposal the more opportunities you will have to accomplish something that you hoped to? Thinking about squab made me start to think that maybe there were resources at my disposal that were right under my turned-up nose that I wasn’t taking into account and that maybe it wouldn’t hurt my pride too much to have a roost in the attic in case I needed it.