I started working in film industry in my early 20’s and my career didn’t pick up until I moved to California and started to work for various special effects and stop-motion animation studios: Chiodo Bros Productions, and for the Emmy Award Winning kids tv-show: Tumble Leaf. While working on the shows during the day, I spend my nights and weekends studying nutrition and health coaching. My twin sister Oksana, was in Detroit working in her research lab.
Sp this is what I learned while working in film industry:
IMAGINATION IS EVERYTHING
Almost everything we see, touch and use on a daily basis is the direct result of some wonderful human being’s power of thought. Most people can readily accept this as true, up to a certain point.
The fact is, what’s true of the automobile, the light bulb, the desktop computer and just about everything else that impacts your life on a daily basis: how much you have of it is a direct result of your THOUGHTS.
The wonderful news are – that we all have what it takes to do what we want to do and to create what we want to create. No matter where you come from or what you’ve done so far, you inherently possess the source from which all wealth is generated. We are born to create.
So…how do you unlock our creativity?
The first step is to understand that the creativity begins in your mind. You have to actually create, in your imagination.
The second step is to trust in the creative process, trust in your inner self, and in your abilities.
The third step is to connect. When we share our ideas with one another, we get more excited, inspired and motivated. We become happier and when we are happy we are able to do more, share more, create more and live more. After all, we are the happiest when we are the most productive.
“Highly creative people are dedicated to ideas. they don’ rely on their talent alone; they rely on their discipline.” – Annette Moser-Wellman
Creativity is being able to see what everybody else has seen and think what nobody else has thought so that you can do what nobody else has done.
PASSION AND PURPOSE
I came to understand why matching passion and purpose helps me perform so much better. It comes down to energy. Even if someone has natural talents, works long hours but you don’t feel like there is a purpose you will not excel.
It was the energy I brought to my work-born from my sense of passion and purpose-that allowed me to take risks and to excel.
If you love what you do, you’ll show up with a certain amount of vigor.
You are targeting your efforts towards making contributions to your purpose. You activate positive emotions such as joy, excitements, inspiration, and hope, all of which gives more energy. And that lets you do everything better on the job. Working in film industry taught me what a passion truly means and what it likes to have one. Half of my life was dedicated into making movies and creating art.
FILM TAUGHT BE HOW TO IMPROVE LIVE
Films are more harmonious than life. There are no bottle necks in films, no times when nothing seems to happen. Life can be disgusting. It is imperfect, repetitive, at times boring, contradictory, confusing and often filled with suffering and pain. Film, on the other hand, is capable of overcoming all of these. It can manipulate time, overcome boredom, give shape and purpose to life, it can mend broken relationships.
When you work on film, you learn how to use your imagination and make unimaginable things happen. Those skills can be applied in our daily life. We can improve life if we use our imagination and focus on all that we want and imagine the unimaginable.
FILM TAUGHT ME HOW TALENT MEANS NOTHING WITHOUT PEOPLE
Talent is not a direct link to commercial success. It is only a direct link to doing something interesting.
Talented people are brushed aside and defeated and discouraged all the time and untalented people with a relentless determination and a certain shrewdness advance all the time. A stupid untalented person could never write a successful good novel, but a pretty untalented director could make a successful and even pretty good movie if he is working with the RIGHT people.
To be surrounded with the right people and having mentors and coaches is a direct link to success in any arias of your life.
YOU HAVE TO HAVE COURAGE
No matter how great a personality you have, innate gifts, talents, how much money you have, how beautiful you are, how creative you are, or how brilliantly you have succeeded in the past- none of these things would mean much on their own.
They wouldn’t matter if you didn’t know what you wanted and how to go get it (clarity), didn’t have a sense of drive or any pressure to get things done (necessity), couldn’t focus and created the outputs that matter most (productivity), lacked the people skills to get others to believe in you or support you (influence), or failed to take risk or speak up for yourself and others (courage).
Without those things, even the most gifted person would be lost, tired, unmotivated, or fearful.
What you’re innately good at is less important than how you choose to see the world, develop yourself, lead others, and remain persistent though difficulty.
We all know someone who has all the cards stacked in their favor-blessed up-bringing, great personality, creative mind – but who still doesn’t get off the couch or succeed.
Lots of people are highly payed but not high performing.
By seeking clarity, you develop a habit of asking questions, and finding clarity in your life. It is about how you think about tomorrow and what you do to stay connected with what matters today.
When I left my dream job in California I felt guilty because there were people who told me how lucky I was and that I should have not left, and I am just “wasting my talent away.”
It got to me in the beginning and I was left even more confused with what I needed to do. I loved my job, in fact I loved every job I ever had because I believe it taught me very important lessons that I can now apply in my everyday life.
Bottom line: when I left, I actually became a full-time learner again. Amazingly, at some point in my career I got so good at what I was doing that I forgot how much I really loved to learn and helping people.
I can’t describe how accomplished that simple act made me feel. That kind of optimism for the future came back into my life because learning opens the mind and begs it to play.
“An artist never works under ideal conditions. If they existed, his work wouldn’t exist, for the artist doesn’t live in a vacuum. Some sort of pressure must exist. The artist exists because the world is not perfect.” – ANDREI TARKOVSKY (1932-1986)
Viktoriya and Oksana Gruzdyn are Nutritionists and Immunotherapy Researchers based in Detroit, MI. They specialize in helping people reverse autoimmune and other chronic illnesses by optimizing their immune function and cellular repair.