Yesterday I got a glimpse at a world I know nothing about and it led to a unique insight.
After years of experience in the business, my daughter, Brie, is the lead actor in a new movie. It’s filming in Sonoma County and I had the privilege of visiting her on location. Like you, I’ve certainly seen hundreds of movies, but I’ve never seen how they are made. Stories were shared of scenes they shot, and as I walked the different sets, she talked about various segments. Driving home, it hit me that the movie process is a lot like life.
A movie is filmed in fragments, one scene at a time. One segment may call for lighthearted, friendly banter. Another one, deep-seated emotion. While yet another may be consumed with sheer, raw terror. When called to the set, the actor plays the action at hand. They are expected to bring the scope of their talent and training to whatever is before them. They aren’t concerned with what is filming tomorrow. They don’t have time to think about yesterday’s lines and performance. Today, this scene, this action, this moment, demands their very best and their full attention. And while each segment might not make sense on it’s own, the film is magical and meaningful when the entire movie is seamed together.
It’s a lot like life.
We live it in segments, and yet, how often do we bring our full selves to the moment at hand? Probably not nearly as much as we should. We are often tempted to spend our energy concerned about what’s coming tomorrow. And when we’re not worried enough about that, we’re probably consumed with what did or didn’t happen yesterday.
Today, this moment, is the set we are being called to. The action that is being demanded is now. Now is all that matters. As we show up, we will find that everything we have done has prepared us for this moment. We are enough, and we have all the talent, strength, character and ability to respond to the scene, to the direction at hand, to move successfully through this moment and get to the other side.
Tomorrow the Director will call us to play a different scene. But right now, we are to bring our full self to the set. And it doesn’t matter if this segment makes sense on it’s own… it will. We just have to trust the process, show up and engage our intellect, intuition, and skill set to the part we are directed to play today.
So quiet on the set….“Action”.