Don’t be afraid of what you’re good at

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The past few months I’ve gained a new perspective on myself. I’ve learnt that I’m not the filmmaker or writer I thought I was. I may not even be the person I first thought I was. INSERT <DRAMATIC MUSICAL STING>

When I first pursued a diploma in Film, Sound and Video in 2006 (or how time flies), I wanted to be the next Steven Spielberg. I was full of so many dreams I didn’t know what to do with them all.

I made some truly shitty films. I studied hard and did well. I still love making films – the scripting, the artistry and the editing process – but something has changed. I’ve found something else that I love even more.

Making children laugh and learn.

Over the past few months I’ve been scriptwriting for new exciting TV channel that is about to be launched here in Asia (Singapore). It’s all about the awe-inspiring world of animals and features a zany crew of animal puppets.

At first I thought it would be simple. It wasn’t. It was extremely challenging. I had to adjust my writing mindset to a whole set of rules. But something else also happened. I found my zany, crazy and funny side.

I call that person – Kane the Silly Writer Mark 2.0.

I don’t consider myself a super funny person. I’m not the type to create numerous uproarious laughs at a party. I am, in fact, a introvert. I prefer more intimate (and sometimes funny) one on one conversations. I reflected and learnt one important lesson.

We can’t be afraid to try new things and venture down unexpected paths. Even if they were not a part of our dreams to begin with.

Work hard. Study your craft. But be flexible to change. Don’t be afraid of moving towards something you didn’t know you were good at. Sometimes you have to give up the little dreams that got you in it in the first place.

But you know the other great thing? Dreams can change. They are flexible too.

It doesn’t mean your past aspirations are gone. It doesn’t mean you are settling. It simply means to are evolving towards a part of yourself that was there to begin with.

Looking back, many of my pet projects, little books, home movies and sketches were all aimed at children.

I’m a man-child. I admit it. I love learning, I love words, I love strange new worlds and I love that part of you that jiggles when you let out a huge belly laugh.

I may not become the next Spielberg in the future but that’s ok. Matt Groening, Seth MacFarlane and JK Rowling have done pretty well haven’t they?

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