Taking off the Mask: Finding Your Voice Through Email


Image: Modern MechanixChase welcomes #1 New York TIme bestselling author Tim Ferriss to The Garage.

Listen to what Tim says here starting from around 7:42 ~ very useful for filmmakers and creative types...

Tim Ferris on Fear, Writing, and Finding your Voice:

"A big help is focusing on process over outcome, so for me the way I had to look at the book was putting togehter this was almost like examing my own thoughts and organizing my own thoughts around specific topics, even if it didn't get published it would be a useful exercise.

Then as I am writing the book I thought to myself if this ends up being read by a dozen people and it changes two or three of their lives, and I wrote for my friends as side note. I first ended up with this pompous shit, like 4 or 5 syllable words and that was horrible so then I went to looney tunes/Three Stooges slap stick which was also horrible, so I threw away four or five chapters and had two glass wine and sat down and said I'm gonna write this like I am writing an email to my best friends and that is how it started, that's how I found my voice..."

Tim Ferris had been an inspiration to me since 2007, I have been reading his blog and following his advice. I believe Tim is absolutely right about writing within your own circle of influence and not worrying about the greater world of concern. As further evidence to what Tim is saying, below is one of the greatest pieces of advice I have heard on taking off the mask and finding your own voice issue:

Movie Mogul UK Interview with London Film School Director - Ben Gibson

Q: If you had only one chance to impart some words of wisdom to an aspiring filmmaker, which would you choose to give?

Everything begins to make sense when you realise that you can’t pretend to be some other film-maker who’s richer, more populist, flashier than you, any more than you can make their films again. Your only ticket is your own voice, and you can lose everything by worrying that your personal interests will bankrupt you and some you don’t understand will make you money. All commissioning editors and financiers look at in the end is: what’s the relationship between this person and this material? Is the relationship intimate enough that we’ll find the right price and the script will just go on getting better? So forget “commercial” and “arthouse” and all that slang – just do passionate, correctly priced and well-informed work and you’re on to a winner. Also be a total perfectionist. Never say “I can live with that”. Never.