Slow and steady wins the race.
While riding a commuter train I glanced at someone reading an article entitled, “ Being Average is the New Failure.” Observations like these have turned me into a light sleeper.
As age sixty approaches I worry slow could equate to average. And in some writer’s mind that equals failure.
I wake every day about 5 a.m. thinking about budgets and finance (and cash flow too!).
Could patience and methodical progress be confused with lethargy and inaction?
A while back I posted an image of the Warner Bros. cartoon character, Pepe LePew.
I’ve often identified with him. No matter how long it took, he was unwavering in reaching his goal. And, although often times frustrated, he always in the end succeeded.
However, we work in an environment of Donald Trumps, Simon Cowells , Jack Welchs and Harvey Weinsteins. Would Sun Tzu, Lao Tse or old Ben Franklin have any insights to offer in this hyper-go-go business environment? Miyagi was just another fictional film character. Again, conjured up in some writer’s mind. This time for the movie Karate Kid. Patience was Miyagi’s virtue. From repetition he derived strength.
There are forty-one categories in my film’s budget.
The spreadsheet is now permanently etched in my mind’s eye.
Each of those categories have, on average, ten sub-categories. And each of those sub-categories have five columns of budget numbers. Do the math….over 2000 inter-related budget entries for this low budget production. Being off by a mere $1000 could have big, five-figure implications somewhere else on the spreadsheet and overall final budget number. Subsequently, my numbers are constantly being massaged. I edit number entries there nearly every other day.
As I get or think of new and additional information pertaining to a component of the film, be it cast, crew, prop or professional service, it gets factored in to its appropriate category. I then must look to see what impact his has had on other related categories. For instance: if I add another actor extra will the actor require a costume or costumes, hair-styling or a wig, accommodations, travel, union consideration, etc. Will any of these items have an impact on scheduling? Will it add another day to the shooting schedule, will it tip the scales for additional crew members? I want to keep surprises down to a minimum. I’m producing a film and there’s at least two thousand things that could go wrong. If I can even think of fifty of those, I’d be a genius. So, in my being slow and/or average I’m at least laser-focused on making this film a success. So, on a daily basis, it’s wax-on, wax-off.
Thanks Mr. Miyagi.