I picked up a Billion-Dollar Kiss, by Jeffrey Stepakoff, and was intrigued. It’s a memoir of a TV writer and his adventures on Dawson’s Creek, among many other shows.
Interesting lesson in the middle of his book:
I saw similarities among the most talented. Obviously, they all have good skills, a mastery--or, at least, an intuitive understanding--of craft. But with hard work and commitment that can be picked up. There’s something else, too. The best way I can explain it is that they have a sensitivity to the world around them, a sort of sixth sense. They pay attention to the little things that others miss. Every outing to the bank, mall, or post office is a chance to people-watch. They listen for subtext instead of just what someone is simply stating. They watch body language, what someone is wearing, how someone is behaving. They always look for the inside joke. They examine and consider how everything tastes and smells, to the point where even a simple lunch from Baja Fresh is subjected to extended critical analysis. Everything is turned over, reflected upon. They look for connections in the chance. Meaning in the random. Metaphors in everything. Their interactions with the world become a process of looking for secrets and clues that will unlock the Great Truths, so that these things can be examined and written about for the ever-approaching next episode.
He later says:
I watched that combination of talent, passion, and luck, which could not be bought, repeatedly find a way no matter what kinds of curves and constraints the business threw at it.
So we need to have passion. Note to self: work on passion.
And, courtesy of DailyLit:
By Emily Dickinson
Each life converges to some centre
Expressed or still;
Exists in every human nature
Admitted scarcely to itself, it may be,
For credibility’s temerity
Adored with caution, as a brittle heaven,
Were hopeless as the rainbow’s raiment
Yet persevered toward, surer for the distance;
Unto the saints’ slow diligence
Ungained, it may be, by a life’s low venture,
Eternity enables the endeavoring