To rebel or not rebel. That is the question. The hero in my book is confronted with a choice. His close friend and former mentor wants to brutally take over the world. The hero is given the safe and easy position of being the right hand man. Doing so would kill tens of thousands of lives through war. Rebelling against his mentor would kill tens of thousands of lives through war. Probably more. Nice choice, huh?
I was watching a documentary called Slanted Screen. It chronicled the stereotypical and racial barriers Asian actors have to go through and endure in order to be successful in Hollywood. I enjoyed the documentary, but I have a serious problem with it. More on that later.
The main message was rebel.
One of the main reasons Asians are not seen as much in Hollywood is that acting, singing, dancing, the arts, are not considered practical choices of occupation. I know. My family detested my decision to study acting, and at times isn't the most positive when it comes to my success in writing.
Actor Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa has been in tons of movies such as Mortal Kombat, Rising Sun with Sean Connery and Wesley Snipes, and in upcoming movie Tekken. The list is just huge. He said something that I connect to. If your heart is in the arts, and your family doesn't support it, then don't listen to your family.
I think too much in life we succumb to the norm. Afraid of marching to our own drummer. Wary of listening to our hearts let alone follow it.
I wrote a post about themillion dollar question. It asked, if you were guaranteed to make a million dollars a year, what would you do? Does it match the work you're doing now? If not, can you spend an hour a day, five days a week on it? If that's too much time, then reduce it to 45 minutes a day, five days a week. Or 30 minutes, five days a week. Four days. Three. Just start.
What happens, if you truly love it, or like it, is you'll naturally spend more time on it. You'll sacrifice precious things like hours talking shit in the bar, or watching television. Have your own vision. It happened to me. I started writing around five hours a week. Then it grew to ten. Suddenly, I was spending an average of 15 hours a week writing. I loved it.
We all have bills. We have to eat. Take care of our families. Have laundry that we have to wash on the rocks by the river bed. After we clothespin the laundry on the clothesline, what do we do? We sit down on the couch and watch TV. We watch reality TV. Watch others chase, attack their dreams. We see a lot of them succeed. Then we go to bed, sleep, wake up the next morning, and start the circle all over again.
This is called complaining, playing the victim, blaming things outside of ourselves, when it is us who stopped us from chasing our dreams initially. And that was the problem with Slanted Screen. A lot of people interviewed said being Asian made it hard to succeed in Hollywood. Really?
Have you heard of a small guy namedBruce Lee?