11 February, 2015

DON'T QUIT YOUR DAY DREAM

Don't Quit Your Day Dream

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Inspirational posts have to come from the heart so I hope you guys don't mind me opening up mine today. Firstly, I'm not really a big risk taker, I usually take the safe option, the sure bet, the one with the secure outcome. I like knowing what income I'm taking home every month, making sure my bills are paid on time and I'm financially secure. But am I really happy with what I do everyday? No.

My workplace is perfectly pleasant, I can't complain but I feel like my creative stimulation is getting stunted everyday. I feel like that part of my brain just sits that stagnant, unable to thrive. That's why I pour my energy into my blog, it's my creative haven and I'm so thankful for it and what I've built over the last year.

I studied film studies all through college, university then worked in the film and TV industry as a trainee editor and assistant editor (credits here) for around 6 years. It was amazing and so rewarding, I loved it but finding work for myself was tough. It just wasn't for me, I really tried to get myself out there but wasn't confident in myself or my skills to get work on my own.  

I felt like I let myself down, I couldn't pursue my passion for film.


I was out of work for months and living on the breadline. I could barely afford to pay the rent. Fast forward a few years I worked in office based jobs in creative industries, with regular income, I was finally financially stable. I brought a home with my partner, I felt settled.

But why is there a part of me that feels this isn't enough? Do I want to sit at my desk all day working for other people, for the rest of my working life? No. I want to reconnect my passion and skills for film making. You're probably thinking why don't I just make YouTube videos? That is a great space of course but I'm thinking potentially as a long term business, I want to make creative videos for clients, wedding videos, special occasions, I want to make dreams come alive for other people.

I have a few ideas already, this is probably the wrong timing what with the wedding coming up but you know what, no more excuses! I'm excited to pursue this dream of mine and see where it takes me. I'm not going to quit my day job just yet but I'm going to take steps to make my dream a reality.

If I fail then at least I tried.


Thank you so much for reading this long rambly post, I really hope it inspires you in a small way to really do what makes you happy. Whatever dream you have inside of you, it's never to late to make it happen!


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  1. Such an inspiring post Hanh, thank you! I definitely empathise with what you've said - my dream from a very young age was to write, and create, and I've let that slide a LOT since I left uni. There's much to be said for making time for your dreams and hobbies instead of focusing on "safe" career paths I suppose! Wish you all the best and hope you get to do what you love a little more :) xx

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  2. Beautiful post. Good luck with your dream! I am very much like you, except my dream is to work around food, but I have a secure job and have not taken risks. But I feel like 2015 is the year to do so! Keep us updated with your progress xx

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  3. Well done my dear. Very proud of what you have achieved in the past and I know your creative future will not only build on the considerable skills and experiences you have gained but will also benefit from your confidence and renewed passion. You have a wonderful eye for this kind of thing and I look forward to seeing your new work xxx

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  4. What an awesome, honest post. Thanks for sharing with us :) Hanh, just reading your post made me excited for you. How freaking legit to have your name on Imdb! You're so smart to pursue both things -- a foot in the door of a stable job WHILE building your way towards your dreams. I don't know why people always polarize it as an 'either-or' situation -- Girls with grit go to school to get professional degrees, while on their weekends build up their portfolios for acting, photography, or whatever else they like. Good luck and looking forward to seeing what you achieve :)

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  5. Go for it, you have the heart and the talent!!!xxx

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  6. Coincidentally I just had a similar conversation with a friend the other night and we were talking about jobs; she's had a secure office job for many years and just goes along with it while I've always been one with the wild dreams (changing/quitting jobs, starting projects, and hustling.) I think, for those who have that passion for something else than what they're currently doing, it'll always feel like a brick of "what ifs" and "could haves" and we'll go on being pulled in that direction. If it's our calling, any risk or leap is worth it! It was wonderful reading this and a joy to learn this about you, I have every faith in you :)

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  7. My roommate works in film. It's a very rough industry! She doesn't know when filming is until just weeks before segments happen and so she's left unemployed for weeks at a time, and finding somewhere to live is super stressful for her. But she's incredibly happy with her job and knows it's better than pushing paper somewhere. I wish you the best!

    Randi | Randi with an i

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  8. I feel like you'll make absolutely beautiful content for clients/weddings -- it's awesome that you're going for this dream!

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  9. Thank you Hai, really appreciate your support. Yes I agree, I feel much more confident to give it another go in a different way that suits me now. I'm excited! xx

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  10. Thanks so much Quinn, I don't know what it is but I couldn't let this part of me drift away. Also seeing your creativity online is just amazing and so inspiring!! Yes we can have the best of both worlds, because lets be real after we eventually stop working we want other things to enjoy in life :)

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  11. Thanks so much Miriam, that's amazing you're finishing you degree it must be an amazing feeling! I wish you all the best and take every opportunities when it comes :)

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  12. It's funny I feel like my life is coming round in circles, when I was younger I was carefree and a bit more reckless, than I started craving security and a stable office job. Now I have to follow my passion or else I will forever regret it! Thanks so much for your input as always, means a lot :)

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  13. Yes it really is a tough industry, you got to keep up or else they'll just find someone else to fill your shoes! I'm glad your roommate is happy with her job, I can be really rewarding! Thanks for reading Randi :)

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  14. Thank you girl! You know what, watching your YouTube channel the other night, rekindled my inspiration for film making again seriously - you have a great eye for editing.

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  15. omg that is actually the most amazing compliment, especially from a pro like you -- thank you so much!!! I hope you dabble in youtube a little, i would love to see your work.

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  16. You're welcome! I think I will, I have idea for an intro video that I can't wait to put together :)

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  17. this is beautiful!


    "if I fail then at least at tried"


    so true.


    i want to write a book someday!

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  18. good luck pursuing your dreams! definitely agree with your motto


    http://heyprettything.com

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  19. I could relate to this. Like you, I am not a risk taker and because of this, I've let go of so many opportunity that have came my way. So this year, I decided that I should throw some caution into the wind and live a little because sometimes in life, there wont be a next time.


    Cheers, and good luck to you. ;)

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  20. Having left my job not long ago to pursue blogging full time (and freelance writing/producing on the side) this post couldn't have come at a better time. It's such a brave and risky move but I am SO glad I did it. You can never regret pursuing your dreams whether it work out not! :)


    Elle
    www.theellenextdoor.com
    xx

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  21. That's a great idea, we can't go through life missing opportunities and letting it pass us by without chasing our dreams :)

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  22. Way to go Hanh! As you know, I've just handed in my notice and in a month's time, I'm going to be free!!! Lots of time to start being inspired and working on things I love, such as my blog. Special occasion videos will be a great way to go fully creative! Best of luck!

    lucylovestoeat.com xx

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  23. I've just sent you an email x

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  24. This really strikes a chord with me Hanh! I actually quit my day job a few years ago to follow my creative dreams and unfortunately it didn't go well - I'm very lucky that I have a family business to fall back on and that's where I work now. I learned the hard way that worrying about how I'm going to pay the bills is just as stifling to creativity as slaving away at an office job I don't care about. However, I can't regret what I did because at the end of the day I'm serious about writing. I'm not giving up, and neither should you. I think you are absolutely pursuing things the right way - we just have to be efficient with our time! x
    Kate Louise Blogs

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  25. I love this quote, I wouldn't ever want to be stuck in a job that I hate to go to everyday!

    http://wonderfulandweirdbeautyandlife.blogspot.co.uk

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  26. Just go for it, really. Start with small steps and as a "hobby" (as in do it alongside your day job), but try to keep pushing and make your place in the industry. Offer your services as freelancer on weekends or evenings.Build a portfolio and maybe some clients, and with time you might be able to just quit your day job and work on that full time.


    It will be a lot of work, yeah, but if that's what makes you happy, work your butt off for it! You can do it. :)

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  27. That's amazing Elle, I'm so glad you are doing what you enjoy now, sometimes we have to take that risk and really follow our dreams! Thanks for reading as always!

    PS. Hope you had a fab time in NY! XX

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  28. Thanks Cherri, definitely not, we should work to live not live to work :)

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  29. Hi Kate, you're right sometimes we have to take that risk and pursue our dreams. Even if like you said it may not succeed at first, it makes us stronger to try again. I have every faith that you will be great in a career in writing, passion and drive is great place to start - hopefully everything else will follow! Xx

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  30. That's amazing Lucy, I love how you take control of your life and working towards doing other things that you love :)

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  31. Oh my god, you are like my business guru Carla! That's exactly what I need and will be doing, thanks for that extra motivation! I'm already working on some youtube clips as well as other creative collaborations, I just wish I got going on this sooner but I'm ready to give it my all now!

    No your advice is spot on :)

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  32. If I can help with anything at all, just drop me an email! :)

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  33. Way to go, Hanh! That's great! A blog is a GREAT platform to get yourself out there and share your work (I'm pretty sure my blog helped me in getting every job I've had since I started it). I wish you the best of luck, I know you can do it :)

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  34. Hi Eva! I completely agree, a blog is such a great platform for so many things :) Thank you so much, I appreciate your support! xx

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