For the Mad and the Misfits

This one is for the mad and the misfits, the grownups who still believe in magic, the dream chasers who keep running their races in spite of broken ankles.

This one is for the brave and the scared who are both just constantly trying to make sense of this jarring world.

Always believe. You need to believe. Don’t unbelieve what you already believed. It’s so easy for the world, the reality, to discourage you and to say you can’t do it. Always go back to that moment that made you fall in love with what you wanna do. Make sure you are really grounded in what it is that you love, so when doubt seeps in, you can push it aside. Make that film or help that filmmaker make that film. It’s a team effort. Collaborate.
Always be teachable. A lot of people speak into your life to give guidance. I guess some people are harsh with their criticisms but take it constructively. Constantly be teachable.
Seek inspirations. Don’t cook yourself up in wherever you are. Go out. Travelling, road trips are inspiring for me. Create that. Seek it. Look for it. Inspirations that don’t come to you; you have to go to them. Put yourselves in situations where inspiration can hit you.
Don’t be afraid to tell your story. Even the greatest filmmakers today have critics. Not a hundred percent will like your film… but don’t be afraid to tell your story. That’s the only way you’ll find out what kind of impact, what kind of effect it will make.
Allow the moment to capture you. In an age where technology is so time-consuming, sometimes the organic moments, you ignore it. I was a victim of that. Coming up here to Banaue, I was catching on text messages and then I totally missed the beauty of what I could have seen outside. So allow the moment to capture you. Don’t be so consumed in reality.
Work with the best and respect the craft. Put yourself in a situation where you can learn from the best.
Stay committed.
Trust your instincts and take risks.  Always find ways to make it work. This is also very important because you’re not gonna get exactly what you want so instead of being a cry baby or spoiled brat, find a way to make it work. Don’t give up.
Don’t pretend to know it all. Ask questions. Also, sometimes you have to pretend to know it all, then just go figure it out.
Open your eyes and mind to something new every day. Try to always see the world in a different perspective. Always think like a child and have fun. There’s nothing like the innocence of a child. Find a way to bring that into the projects that you do because it will be stressful, it will be tedious, but at the end of the day, always have fun. Enjoy what you’re doing.
– Dir. Paul Soriano

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How does it feel like to chase the right things? It’s supposed to hurt. It’s supposed to hurt because we’re supposed to endure relentlessly for what we claim to love.

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