Thursday, March 8, 2018

Fear, Writing, and Breaking Through: Jordan Peele and Get Out

Jordan Peele Source BBC/Reuters
In a previous post, I talked a little bit about how fear can stop you from pursuing your writing goals. Since then, Jordan Peele, originally known for his work in sketch comedy, won the Oscar for best original screenplay for his movie Get Out.

Winning this award is of course historically important. Among other things, it is the first time the award has gone to an African-American. It is also the first time Peele had directed any movie, much less a movie he himself had written.

Peele states that he stopped writing the script several times:

I stopped writing this movie about 20 times... I thought it was impossible. I thought it wasn't going to work. - Jordan Peele
He kept going. He worked though his resistance with the material, frustrations with getting the movie made, and a hundred other blocks, both internal and external, to complete the script and shoot the film. Now, there are lots of stories out there that never get the audience they deserve. However, an important take-away from the story of the making of Get Out is no matter how improbable it all seems, follow through and finish your story. You never know where that light you bring into the world will shine.

An award like this is much bigger than me," he said. "This is about paying it forward to the young people who might not believe they can achieve the highest honour in whatever craft they want to push for. - Jordan Peele

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