I did things in my 30s that were ignored by the world, that could have been quickly labeled a failure. Here’s a classic example; in 1974 I did a movie called Phantom of the Paradise. Phantom of the Paradise, which was a huge flop in this country. There were only two cities in the world where it had any real success: Winnipeg, in Canada, and Paris, France. So, okay, let’s write it off as a failure. Maybe you could do that.
But all of the sudden, I’m in Mexico, and a 16-year-old boy comes up to me at a concert with an album - a Phantom of the Paradise soundtrack- and asks me to sign it. I sign it. Evidently I was nice to him and we had a nice little conversation. I don’t remember the moment, I remember signing the album (I don’t know if I think I remember or if I actually remember). But this little 14 or 16, whatever old this guy was… Well I know who the guy is now because I’m writing a musical based on Pan’s Labyrinth; it’s Guillermo del Toro.
The work that I’ve done with Daft Punk it’s totally related to them seeing Phantom of the Paradise 20 times and deciding they’re going to reach out to this 70-year-old songwriter to get involved in an album called Random Access Memories.
So, what is the lesson in that? The lesson for me is being very careful about what you label a failure in your life. Be careful about throwing something in the round file as garbage because you may find that it’s the headwaters of a relationship that you can’t even imagine it’s coming in your future.
Hey good people! I know you’ve been waiting to hear about colors on the project I mentioned that strutzart and I are working on. Well we got a ton of submissions and they were all amazing. I mean, there were easily a half dozen people that I would normally have snatched up off the bat. But, as you can see, I got one really really amazing submission and Jason was instantly sold on her
Please welcome hannafia to the team. Click that link, jump over to her blog, and see some of the other things she has been working on. Hanna really impressed is and we’re glad to welcome her to our team for:
The story of one woman who finds herself between the heroes and the supervillains as their final battle tears the city apart. She’s only recently discovered her ability to travel through time and can’t control it, but can she find a way to save herself before her time runs out?
More coming soon!
So I’m going to be working with these guys as a colorist! The project looks like a lot of fun and I’m really looking forward to it. :D