When I was in High School, back in the early 90s, I made a fun, goofy movie preview for LEGO The Movie. It seemed like a ludicrous concept which made it perfect for me. (Apparently I was before my time.) I loved the idea of making movies, who doesn’t. I took a film class and had a video production job in college, thinking that would set me on the path.
My dad’s best friend, Roy, had a son in the movie industry. I sent him a letter asking for a job and it didn’t work out. Shortly after I graduated, Roy’s son went on to produce The Young Indiana Jones Chronicles. I moved on, got married, had kids, and eventually wrote books – my first passion. (I have no regrets.) Years later, Rick McCallum was a Producer for Star Wars Episodes I, II, and III. (While he’s gotten some grief for those films, I’ve met Rick since then, and he seems to be a great guy.)
Testing The Waters
Almost 30 years later, I was on YouTube seeking ideas on how to remodel my home office. When I finished rebuilding my Batcave, I had enough footage to make my own video. The footage was unplanned and rough, my narration is stiff and uncomfortable like I’m back in Middle School asking my crush to a dance (by the way, she said no) – but, I had fun. (Making the video, the dance… not so much.)
I went on to make a video about my corgi, Marvel, because she’s extra and I’ve probably taken more pictures and videos of her than my kids. My delivery is still stiff, but this time like a drink with more gin than tonic.
It took an effort to put myself out there. It always does. I create out of passion, and share to entertain, but that exposes me to the masses who both love and hate and are quick to judge. I do it because I believe in my story.
That’s been my mantra since I started writing. It’s been like a rollercoaster with too many dips, but anytime I’d ask myself, “What the hell am I doing?” the mantra was there. Believe in your story.
Believe In Your Story
This is where it comes full circle. I may not be able to make Star Wars blockbusters, but I can make YouTube videos. (Same thing, right?) Most YouTube channels are laser-focused on topics like technology or organization. My life is more like The Muppet Show, it’s filled with variety and there’s always a lot going on.
In addition to fun videos about cons, corgis, and office furniture, I’m starting a new series called Believe In Your Story. Each video will include tips, stories, and inspiration to help other writers.