I have a problem.
I’m a Creative Producer for one reason: Steven Spielberg’s Jurassic Park (and Michael Crichton’s original book). It literally changed my life – as it did with millions of other young boys and girls in 1993 (I watched it on VHS when I was 8..but you get the idea).
I have over the years channeled my creativity and passion into dinosaurs, filmmaking and animation. A weird combination I know! But now, as a Creative Producer, I’m moving into a project that will combine all three! I’m attempting to take something from my childhood, develop it, market it, and create an entrepreneurial project out of it. And maybe even something more.
So the question is: how do I transpose my ‘childhood ‘ into a future passion (and even a business venture)???
The answer to that, I feel, is the key to a fulfilling life. The relationship between making your passion a reality, and making that reality something that can make money as well — it something that isn’t new. We all want to know the secret!
Maybe the answer also lies in living a life that emotionally connects with others. Maybe it’s subconscious in most, but it applies to any field of study or profession. When you are a child – you really only do what you are passionate about. Maybe you liked to cook as a child, or paint or run around the garden until your legs gave out. They are all still passions.
As you get older, these parts of yourself can sometimes get bogged down by adult responsibilities and that little thing called life. But you always know what you’re passionate about, because when you’re doing something you truly don’t enjoy, you pretty much know it from the get go. For Albert Einstein, his childhood passion equated to future success. It was the act of being curious.
I have no special talents. I am only passionately curious.”
– Albert Einstein,
The next following months I am going to attempt to develop my childhood passion into a project with commercial viability.
That’s right. I’ve always been told to do something in life that you are passionate about. Because when you’re passionate about something (a job, a project) it never really feels like work anyway.
For me, I believe your endeavors need to originate from a very personal place. It’s a rule of mine with all of my personal projects.
So these next few months, I’m going to undertake a project that combines all of these elements. Maybe it’ll be a success. Maybe it won’t. The important thing is that I’m making a dream a reality. And that act, in my books, is what life is all about.
So what’s personal to me…and what’s my problem?
Similar to other animated franchise brands like Uglydolls, Mr.Men and Awkward Animals (from creators Wong Fu Productions), it’s a series of 20 colourful and zany prehistoric characters that all share a similar story: they’re dinosaurs with chronic problems!
I’ll be documenting and developing the process of creating Dinosaurs…with Problems over the next few months. And hopefully I’ll uncover the secret to that relationship with all of you. I hope you’ll be a part of the process.
Sounds interesting? Tell me what you think?
Do you think there’s a difference between pursuing a passion and a job? Or is passion not the most important element in life?