Written by Josh Clapp
I don’t think there is a way I can go about this without sounding preachy, but just hear me out. Taking risks is an important part of growing. As someone who is constantly anxious, and who has to calculate everything precisely and ensure I have a game plan before doing anything, I have learned that sometimes you just need to take risks.
I recently finished the post-production stages on a short film that I wrote, produced and directed. This is the first time I have taken such a risk. It was scary putting so much time, money, and energy into something, knowing that inevitably not everyone was going to like it. There were set-backs, insulting remarks, feuds, ups and downs, but at the end of the day this film became a learning experience. It allowed me to develop my skills and help me learn for the next time. I knew going into this that the film would not be perfect. I knew that it was going to have flaws and it was my perception on those flaws that benefited me. While I could sit and sulk and vow to never make another movie again because one person said they didn’t like it, I chose to take that remark and fuel me to do better the next time.
Throughout this process, I learned that sometimes you need to stop overthinking and just do it. Just do that thing you have wanted to do but you always stopped yourself from doing. Stop worrying about what others would think, or that you might embarrass yourself. Go out and do the things that make you happy and that you love regardless of what others are telling you. Post that photo, talk to that person, eat that food, love that song or movie, make that film... and whatever you do, please do it wholeheartedly with no regrets.
As for me, I am going to continue telling stories I am passionate about through the world of film. I am going to continue taking those risks and I am going to strive to be my best possible self because without taking risks, how can we truly know who we are as a person? Risks help us grow. Risks make us feel alive.