The Value of Failure in Creative Success

Failure-successStumble and fall, then get up and try again

Failure is a step along the way to success. We need to experience failure in order for us to dig deeper and find another way. Don’t get me wrong failure can be heartbreaking, soul destroying and can cause you to give up and take the first option that comes your way. Like everyone else I enjoy success. Success is great! Success gives you confidence and allows you to mark your achievements BUT I value failure more. With failure comes learning, improvement, progress. Think about science for a moment. Science as we know it is not where it is through successes but rather through ‘failure’. Through failed experiments. Failed attempts at uncovering scientific truths. Yet experiments do not truly fail. When they don’t work as planned the scientist is blessed with a learning experience. A golden opportunity to explore and discover what does work. This can occur over successive experiments until a workable formula is discovered. Success is not about the destination but about the journey.

You are not alone

I attended an event a couple of months ago, hosted by Production Base, with guest speakers who were TV producers sharing their experiences in making their shows. The one thing that struck me with these speakers was that failure was a key ingredient in their success stories. They experienced knock-backs from the pitch process to the development process to the filming process but they kept going. Being open to alternatives and trying things to see what works was crucial to them. Failure wasn’t a bad thing, it helped them get better and create better material that can be released for viewers to enjoy! Hearing these stories in essence validated my sense of fear of failure. But more importantly reminded me that the creative process is much bigger than me and the quicker I get over myself the more progress I make!

The creative process can be a lonely one which is why it is important to arm yourself with a team of creatives around you. People who share your passion. People who you share a common goal with. You want people who have a ‘can do’ attitude and are not averse to hard work and failure. These are the people you experiment and try things out with. A team with these ingredients will create magic!


Peek-a-boo I see you

Tonight I'll be April 3D book coverThere is a fear associated with being seen – as an actor, writer, director, producer. Some of us crumble at the first hurdle. Others analyse the first hurdle, tweak their game and prepare for the next, and so the process continues until the goal is achieved. Producing Tonight I’ll be April was a fearful process but at every obstacle we kept going and it was positively received in the end. The fear associated with publishing Tonight I’ll be April however, is on a different level. Again despite overwhelmingly positive reviews from audience members, theatre critics (including a 4 star review), and people who read the play, there were still nerves lurking in the background. So what did we do? We felt the fear and did it anyway! I am pleased we persevered because as one critic said, this is a new voice to be heard and one to make a mark on society! Tonight I’ll be April is now available to order on Amazon so get your copy now!

What’s next for us?

We are in development for a screenplay and will release details soon. Get in touch if you want to work with us but also look out for work opportunities and casting opportunities 🙂

Until next time,

Josephine x

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