In the Dream of Red Chamber, one of the four Chinese classics, a monk passed by Jia Baoyu and told him the fate of him and his friends in a poem. But Jia and his young friends couldn’t care less about the monk. Let alone his words. They dismissed the monk as crazy.
When we’re given crucial information before we are ready for it, more often than not, we won’t listen a word of it. As I write this paper about my film school experience, I began to reread those handouts from my professors. All of a sudden, they make so much sense now with scripts and some level of Hollywood experience.
But one thing remains true for the whoel time. It’s the attitude of writing every day. Many of my UCLA professors are quote collectors. This one amongst the others is my favorite:
You must write every single day of your life. You must lurk in libraries and climb the stacks like ladders to sniff books like perfumes and wear books like hats upon your crazy heads. May you be in love every day for the next 20,000 days. And out of that love, remake a world.
– Ray Bradbury
Even though I knew I should write every day, I didn’t because I thought my job was more important than my words…
CUT TO a year later. I had too little credits to consider an artist visa. I then realized that crazy monk was not crazy after all.