I'm going to use a crutch - a jumping off point to get into this blog, and perhaps more in the future when I feel stifled. I read this really interesting guest blog by Danny Boyle for Moviemaker Magazine. I just love Danny Boyle's spirit and candor whenever I hear him speak at events or on videos.
Point 3 of this blog by Danny Boyle is: LEARN TO TRUST YOUR INSTINCTS
Now, I have noticed that something happens to people in Los Angeles. I didn't notice it as acutely in New York, and certainly not in Mumbai. Here, people either have really sharp instincts or none at all. Perhaps instincts are like knives that can go dull if you don't sharpen them once in a while, or if your instincts have gone unrewarded in the past.
Someone may love a project, a script, an actor, a director, a whatever, but somewhere there is this anxious fear - the fear to trust the instinct. Consequently, instincts are either brushed aside or sent up or down and sideways for validation.
Hollywood is naturally governed by a great deal of fear and self doubt, and intrinsically, also by a great deal of collective instinct -- of a very finite pool of people. People believe that if someone else has the guts to follow their instincts on a given project then it must be good. The instinct (usually one that is rooted in fear/self doubt) to follow someone else's instinct (of confidence and determination) is quite pervasive and powerful.
For those who aren't content following the herd, how does one know if one is headed down the right path? How does one know whether to trust someone or to spend time / money on a project? How does one make the (best) decisions that can affect so many aspects of one's life, and the lives of others?
So here is an exercise that may take 3 minutes or 3 hours. There are decisions I have been contemplating - instincts that I have not listened to yet, or ignored hoping to silence them... and perhaps now is a good time to make an inventory of those decisions, and to write them down on paper.
Decision Instinct Fear/Doubt
Consider having a scheduled, weekly Board Meeting of Life Inc with yourself. I know I will (try to)!
Trust is built on communication, and it's hard to trust one's instincts without communicating with them regularly. Perhaps that's the real lesson I needed to be reminded of... shukriya, Mr. Boyle.
Thank you for reading. TYU. -- Nayan Padrai