How Ambitions Can Blind The Ambitious

Filmmaking is a nest of creative people driven by ambition. Ambition is the incredible force that keeps the filmmaking business growing. But ambition is also one of this industry’s biggest downfalls.

In this video, Casey Neistat tells the story of how he was near to the top of the filmmaking hierarchy but gave it all up to to make YouTube videos. He recalls the times where he was making films, winning awards, and gaining recognition for his work. But he remembers why he got into filmmaking in the first place and suddenly gives it all up to get back to what truly made him happy. Making videos.

Our ambition motivates us to chase our dreams, but it sometimes drives us in a direction we did not intend. Casey’s story is an example to all creatives on how important it is to not lose sight of ourselves when pursuing our dreams.

“The more time I spent chasing down the facade of success, the less creating I was actually doing”

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  • Micah McWhorter

    Cinematographer

    Micah is a young cinematographer pursuing documentary filmmaking. He gained his first on set experience on The Out of The Woods Project as a 1st AC. He is now continuing his career with The Initiative Production Company in Brisbane, Australia.

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