The trash collectors came today and picked up the garbage, but not the recycling. That’s a good thing since today what I am doing is recycling a concept I spoke about a few weeks back. I’m talking about trusting the process. This week I rehash this idea the same way I just chose a different word to say “recycle” in this sentence because trusting the process isn’t something you use and throw away, it is something you use and reuse over and over until the end of time.
The lads and ladies over at Pixar know about trusting the process and it is a lifestyle that helped them create “Toy Story” and thus launch their animation and entertainment empire. Things don’t always work out. Work doesn’t always come and success isn’t overnight. For the last few months I have been living pretty thin, making just enough to cover my bills and rent and putting the rest on credit. I could easily have gone out and found a job, wherever that may have been (Taco Bell and McDonald's are always hiring) and earned the money I needed, but Will Smith believes that “Plan B” distracts from “Plan A” and I believe in Will Smith.
For months I went lean. I ate very little and when I did I ate in. I borrowed money from my parents to cover my mountainous student loan debt and I hustled every day to find work. I planted seeds by branching more in photography and continuing to post on my regular schedule all of the things that don’t make me any money. I posted my demo reel to Facebook and asked friends and family to share.
Eventually, all of the posting and putting myself out there started to pay off. I began to book gigs. One after the other. Every day for a few days I would book a new gig. I booked one offs and recurring gigs. I scheduled shoots months out for a guarantee that I will work in the coming months. New opportunities began popping up in other areas of my craft; photography, video, and writing.
To summarize I trusted that the work would come and it did. Back when I first wrote about this I was firm about not straying from the path and it hurt for a while, but here I am writing about how it is working out to illustrate to you that you may have lean months, you may put life on credit and hope to pay it back, you may have fear and doubts about the process, but I believe that if you trust in the process you will succeed.