by Christopher J. Boghosian.
A few months ago, I plopped down on my couch, let out a deep breath and involuntarily uttered, “It takes so much faith.”
The best definition of faith I could find comes from the New Testament: “Faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen.” Although this verse is referring to spiritual faith, it perfectly captures the faith we need to pursue an independent filmmaking career. Because unlike a Starbucks employee who is guaranteed myriad customers and a steady paycheck, us indies must stand on our own two feet; even marketing and distribution has increasingly become our responsibility. We are entrepreneur-artists, a calling that demands “assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen.”
What strikes me most about the New Testament verse is its implication that a need for faith is relative. First, grander things require more faith. In the same way it takes more faith to sink a 3-pointer versus a layup, it takes more faith to produce a historic epic versus a one-location horror film. Second, faith is relative to one’s power over things; the more leverage you have, the more you can secure. Third, the harder you work and the longer you persevere, the better your odds of success. So it seems a need for faith can be decreased by elements within our control.
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