How do you measure success?

Moving country is tough enough, but starting over and building on what you’ve achieved is maybe harder?

So, looking at the road that lies ahead, inspirational people or quotes often guide good decisions and reset one’s expectations or objectives or puts what has already been achieved into perspective.

The film business is hard, it’s a road of perseverance and constant rejection, cast go for castings and their win rate is low, yet they have to continue attending castings in case they win a job. Directors write treatments in the hope that their vision is the one that agencies choose. Producers develop films that need 100 no’s in order to get a YES. So what Nelson Mandela says is so true, keep getting up, keep knocking, keep going….

Sometimes you win the project, and think it’s the road to instant success? How do you remain positive in adversity, and receive subjective criticism without taking it personally? How do you overcome the obstacles that often look like mountains?

These are the questions that every young film maker needs to learn in order to survive and achieve in a very tough landscape of film.

Media is such a powerful tool and when used in a positive way without agenda’s, thats when you find success and the success comes from being a man of value not a man chasing money and fame, although many achieve both. I only write from my point of view.

When an opportunity finds you and you find your purpose and realise that your skill can really make a difference thats inspirational and fulfilling.

Your passion for a message, is what should be the underlying human truth that gets you up in the morning and guides your efforts to create excellence.

Probably the most humbling achievement, was being nominated for a Humanitarian award for a project which was made with the vision to abolish slavery, abolish exploitation of human rights, create awareness of abuse.

So, sometimes we seek success and sometimes success finds you?

Having worked as a film director with people who propagate to be one thing but are motivated by another teaches you what you should not be, teaches you that you cannot always believe what people profess, you have to concentrate on yourself, and what you believe and find what is your purpose.

This new journey is in progress,

Bruce Mac from Porto ‘the City of Angels’

Published by brucemacdirector

Telling meaningful stories whether they shorts or features is what gets me out of bed every day. Passionate about those captured in slavery. Biographical films (The Perfect wave with Scott Eastwood) and (Biblical epic Samson with the late Rutger Hauer, Jackson Rathbone, Billy Zane and Taylor James) My recent short films Beat The Curve, Sex Tourism Labour have been awarded best shorts across the globe in 2020.

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