As a creative person, I strive to do the best I can. And my very best is never enough. I set out to make my imaginations a reality, but along the way - through collaborations, partnerships, delegation and a multitude of other struggles/obstacles - the original thought/idea gets lost. Rather, it gets obscured. What I set out to achieve, is very different from the end result. And I’ve begun to realise that it happens to everyone. So, the work we spend a lifetime perfecting is meaningless. Okay, maybe that’s too harsh. Let’s try that again.
The work we spend a lifetime perfecting, is never going to be perfect. And I need to accept that. But it’s the hardest thing to accept. How do you tell yourself that what you imagine isn’t possible? At least, the exact way you imagined it to be. Compromises are inescapable.
Filmmaking is a joint effort. It’s about choosing the right team and people to work with. So do the best you can, and try translating that in your work. No one is content. And that’s what drives us - the hope that someday, we can be entirely satisfied with our output. So I rather strive to be the best I can be with what I have to work with.
Joy is overrated.