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Fortune favors the bold.

What does it mean to be bold?

I once had an idea for a movie…an artsy style crime actioner. Rather than the hard-charging, quick-cutting, quasi-metal soundtrack type of conventional action picture, it would be slow…methodical…almost elliptical…

I then saw Drive. To say it was almost a perfect distillation of what I intended would be an understatement.

Now, am I saying that my idea was stolen? Absolutely not. The movie was an adaptation of James Sallis’ novel and none of my ideas had been put to paper.

Similarly, while watching a slightly risque fantasy show, I thought there might be a market for an adult themed fantasy in the vein of a live-action Frank Frazetta painting. In short order, Game of Thrones debuted to great success.

Once again, am I saying HBO stole the idea from me? Not at all. It was already in production when the thought occurred and it was based on George R.R. Martin’s book series that started while I was in high school.

So what am I saying?

I had some ideas in line with the creative teams behind a modestly successful film and a hugely successful television series. So what?

Here’s the thing: Both were hits because they were creatively in line with not just me but with many millions more, either consciously or sub-consciously. They met a demand, they tapped a market…they seized an opportunity waiting to be taken before you or I could.

What makes them different than you or me?

They were bold.

If Ryan Gosling wasn’t bold enough to suggest Nicolas Winding Refn as director, Drive might not have been produced or at least would have been a different (and probably less celebrated) film.

If George R.R. Martin did not possess the boldness to refuse cash offers from Hollywood for a truncated motion picture version of his novels and more importantly, if he was not bold enough to allow David Benioff and D.B. Weiss to produce a long form adaptation, we probably wouldn’t be talking about the latest episode every Monday morning.

These men had the boldness to bring their ideas to screens small and large.

Success wasn’t overnight. Everyone I’ve mentioned had to move to L.A., had to scale up the studio mountain one step at a time. But they were bold enough to make the move.

Now is all their work great? No. Only God Forgives, Gosling and Winding Refn’s follow-up to Drive, was a dud. David Benioff? I’m sure even he wants to forget X-Men Origins: Wolverine.

But it doesn’t matter. They fleshed out their ideas. They led them from their head, to paper then to screen while my similar and like-minded ideas remained in my head.

They were bold. I wasn’t.

But that was yesterday. I’m still full of ideas. Some I’ve committed to paper while others still sit in my mental queue.

More importantly, I’m feeling bold.


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