Would You Crash Your Life For Your Dream?

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Do your dreams go to bed with you at night?

Do they stalk you in your sleep?

Greet you each morning as you come out of a deep slumber?

Take over your every other thought during the day?

If you answered yes, then people, you are on the right track.

I witnessed (during the the second day of the Northern California Screenwriters Expo) two shining examples of people giving it their all (at great financial and emotional risk) to see their movies made and dreams come true. I was royally treated to a Q & A session with Bobby Moresco, Academy Award winner for co-writing best picture winner Crash and producer of the Oscar winning Million Dollar Baby which also took home the Oscar for best picture.

This session was moderated by a giddy James Dalessandro, author of 1906.

His book has appeared on the Northern California Best Sellers List and reaching the top 100 on Amazon. On this day, he was just another awestruck fan interviewing a legend.  Bobby made his way from Hell’s Kitchen to the Oscars. What a story. Paul Haggis and Bobby wrote the screenplay, Crash but couldn’t get anyone to look at it.

They really couldn’t pitch it – couldn’t explain it.

It also addressed the race issue.

No studios wanted it.

But they still believed in it, believed in their dream and forged on. Paul’s house was foreclosed on and Bobby’s two families cars were repossessed.

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I hope it doesn’t come to this when my screenplays are made. Somehow, somewhere, someone took a chance on them and voila! This controversial movie will be remembered for eons to come. I was also treated to Brenda and Marc Lhormer, producers of Bottleshock, an indie-must see movie set in Napa, California. Brenda told us what it takes to go from script to screen.

The vast amount of fund raising, endorsements, grease palming and out and out begging that would cause most people to fold in the tent and slink on home.

But this was their dream and they made it happen.

Marc and Brenda will be the founders of the Napa Valley Festival in 2011 and I plan on being there – representing!

Just remember . . .

Vision without action is merely a dream. Action without a vision is just passing the time. Vision with action can change the world.– Joel A. Barker

We grow great by dreams . . . Some of us let these great dreams die, but others nourish and protect them; nurse them through bad days till they bring them to the sunshine and light which comes always to those who sincerely hope that their dreams will come true. — Woodrow T. Wilson

What are you going to overcome in your life to fulfill your dreams and change the world?

Toni
Toni left 8 Women Dream in November of 2010 to focus on Club B and its screenplay.

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  • Rayne

    Toni,

    I love your insights from your conference – and the photos. Haven’t we all heard the stories of authors collecting 99 rejections only to have great best sellers?
    It happens every day and it can happen to anyone if you just work it.

    Rayne

  • Remy G

    Your reply here helped me center myself for the art fair Sunday. Thank you Toni. Hmm. Super hero name will inform the costume… how about “The Flash” Interesting! (NOT The Flasher) Rem

  • Toni Schram

    Thanks to all you for being my cheerleader. Touches me
    right here. I mean my heart. LOL
    Remy-Envision what SUPERHERO costume is right for you coz you gotta believe in yourself. We do!

  • Remy G

    Sleep. Dream. Nightmare. Awake. its always right in my face.

    I cant lose my house, I don’t own it. I cant get much closer to poverty line, income wise – and sometimes I am so insecure about my photography that it causes me to wonder what my ‘The IMPOSTOR” superhero costume would look like.

    Keep going. I cant wait to read it. And when it’s being made, PLEASE hire me as the still photographer. My friends and family prices are pretty reasonable. lol

    You inspire me. Rem

  • Veronica

    Joel A. Barker….it was a man who made that statement, I would have thought it was a woman. :-)

    You are a strong woman and I respect that. Glad your in my corner.

    smiles
    v

  • Toni, this has always been one of my favorite quotes:

    “Vision without action is merely a dream. Action without a vision is just passing the time. Vision with action can change the world.” – Joel A. Barker

    AMEN! Thanks for sharing an inspiring story and reminder of what is possible when we keep a strong belief in our dream and persist in making it happen.

    Can’t wait to attend your movie premiere someday :) and to cheer you on while you make it happen! We are here for you.

    You go girl!
    Lis

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  • Catherine

    Great post Toni.

    I bet they never will forget meeting you and Laurie!

    Their stories are inspirational and a testament to how for a person is willing to go for their dream. It’s what Seth Godin refers to as surviving The Dip — which is either a temporary setback that can be overcome with persistence — or the ability to recognize if you are within reach of acquiring a dream worth pushing through The Dip, or one worth quitting.

    He also makes the argument for doing something at your absolute best because you are going to go through The Dip, and if you are going to spend time and money there, it had better be your absolute best shot.

    I think about that one every day. I’m glad to see I am not alone.

    Cath