Failure is an option, but fear is not. Read out what pioneer filmmaker James Cameron has to say.
There's a moment when the fantastic becomes possible and that's where the fun is! I don't know how to do something halfway whether it's making a film, building robotics or the environmental stuffs. I crave personal challenge. It's personal. I challenge myself artistically, technically, and to a certain extent physically. There was a period of frustration for me when I left college and I was driving trucks, and I was a school bus mechanic. I was frustrated because I didn't kind of know what I was here for. You know, I didn't know why I was put on this earth! I think other filmmakers are inherently more brilliant than me but I know I can work hard and grind harder than they can. Somehow whatever I'm doing is always feels like a quest to learn something. If you wait until the right time to have a child, you'll die childless and I think film making is very much the same thing. You just have to take the plunge and just start shooting something even if it's bad. I have young filmmakers come up to me and say, you know ‘’Give me some advice for doing this’’. And I say: Don’t put limitations on yourself. Other people will do that for you – don’t do it to yourself, don’t bet against yourself, and take risks. NASA has this phrase that they like ‘’Failure is not an option’’. But failure has to be an option, in art and in exploration because it’s a leap of faith. And no important endeavor, that required innovation, was done without risk. You have to be willing to take those risks. So that’s the thought I would leave you with, is that whatever you’re doing, failure is an option, but fear is not.