Friends in Film member Terry is afraid to go after his dreams for fear of disappointing his children. Here is what he said:
“My fear is that by taking this chance, I’m sacrificing so much more. I’m afraid I’m going to miss my kids’ important moments in their lives and that they won’t understand why I’m doing this. Because it’s not about me, it’s about them…”
Here’s the thing you need to understand: everybody in the film industry has kids! Seriously, almost everybody is somewhere in the process of starting a family, has young kids or teenagers.
In fact, my boom operator Tamara was pregnant twice in the last 10 years, and there are pregnant women on set all the time.
More than that, think of the example you are setting for your kids by pursuing your dreams vs settling for the same path everyone takes.
Do you want your children to think they should settle or that they can take on the world?
Would you rather be the parent that goes to work everyday at a job you hate or would you like to be a turned on parent doing creative work in the world?
Wouldn’t it be great if your child could get involved in the film industry themselves? If you are already in the industry yourself, you can easily open doors from them…
You will know who the agents are, what the projects are, and instead of being a hopeful parent you will be a connected parent.
Your children will be proud of you no matter what you do — which example do you want to set?