I was watching The Tonight Show, one night last week,Â and Emilio Estevez was a featured guest. Much to my surprise, while EmilioÂ wasÂ on to promote his newÂ film Bobby,Â what was quite a surprise was the tale he told about the process of making the film. Besides being almost flat broke, because of his declining career, when he actually concieved of the idea for the film,Â he then had writers block for more then a year. He sold almost everything he had to survive and used all of his personal connections, favors,Â and star status to recruitÂ over 20 top name stars,Â for virtually no money, to make this film.
Emilio’sÂ belief in the project was so strong that he banked everything on it for it to succeed. In cut throat,Â here today flushed tomorrow, bling-bling Hollywood; this was no easy ride.
Its a tough concept, but a realistic one, to know that your passion is the driving force behind your creative success. Without Emilio’s passion, this project would have negativelyÂ defined him. Because of his passion he has breathed new life into his career and his creativity.
Pivotal hardÂ times in life shape and define your creativity and change you. I find Emilio’s story inspirational and his willingness to reveal his plight admirable. Every creative person, that is passionate about what they do, will find that dead ends are part of the creative process. When you find one, like Emilio did when he became broke, you have a golden opportunity to create something far greater then you ever imagined.
I find it hard to believe the son of Martin Sheen was entirely broke. I think that broke to him may have meant having to drive a Dodge Durango instead of a Hummer.
But, hey..that’s me : )
BTW, I have always liked Emilio : )