Casey Neistat and the Myth of the Overnight Success
Casey Neistat is becoming a regular source of inspiration on mentorless.com. Since his Nike viral video, and his talk at the Vimeo Film Festival, Neistat has kept releasing videos after videos that reached more and more people, his latest, Snowboarding in New York having been viewed more than 5 million times in less than tree weeks.
This is something definitely worth remembering, especially for filmmakers and writers who are often working on projects that can take months or years and can die every step of the way. But remembering that you build on what you have and things get bigger over time can also be hard so what I like to do, when despair and self-doubt cripple in, is to look five years back and see where I was then, and where I am now.
Inevitably, I will be reminded that I am moving forward and that I am building up and broadening my skills. Even though it seems like nothing is happening, especially if you fall into the trap of comparing with what others have done/are doing, taking a step back and switching from close-up (or extreme close-up!) to wide angle helps appreciate the time and effort you have put into ‘things’ up until now.
That’s it for today. “Short and sweet”, like Francis would say.