‘There is no conspiracy to keep good writers out of the industry’. This was a quote from TV exec John Yorke that really resonated with me at the weekend during the Writing TV masterclass we ran with Pilar Alessandra. It’s actually a quote from Poldark screenwriter and LSF speaker this year Debbie Horsfield that John repurposed for us all.
His comment was echoed by Gub Neal, ex Ch4 head honcho who joined us on day two – and he really pushed home the value of self belief and persistence.
This for me was the heart of the weekend.
Commit to personal success and then do EVERYTHING in your power to achieve it, however you define it.
It’s so easy to look at others who have found success in their careers, and see it as coming out of some unfair advantage – nepotism, agesism, sexism.
And maybe these are unfair advantages.
That does not change the fact that we all have what we are born with it and it’s how we use that gift that matters.
The truth is, whatever we use as an excuse to make us feel good about not moving forward, there is ALWAYS someone who had less than us that has achieved way more.
It’s never about the start or end point, it’s about how far we travel.
Being born into success or advantage will never feed the soul in the way that fighting for success does. It’s the achievements that we make happen that we will remember in the end, not the stuff we lucked into.
Great ideas, great craft, great art are ALL essential, but I am a firm believer that most of what we do to manifest success is all in the mind, heart and soul. Yes, master the craft and art, but in the end, it’s just as much (perhaps more) about attitude and the commitment to follow through on our promises and goals.
It’s the ability to see failure as a valuable lesson that can illuminate the pathway for the next attempt at our goals.
Dream big and make it magnificent.
Onwards and upwards!