May 23, 2013
A Conversation With Producer And Author Gary Goldstein: Kickstarter
Recently I had the pleasure of speaking with author and producer (Pretty Woman, Under Siege, The Mothman Prophecies, etc.) Gary Goldstein. Wait, those words I just typed were so surreal I have to write it again. Recently I had the pleasure of speaking with producer and author, Gary Goldstein.
I have had the privilege of speaking with many celebrities, but I looked forward to this conversation the most, for a couple of reasons. The first being, I have been a fan of Gary’s since his first film, Cannibal Women in the Avocado Jungle of Death (which reminds me of the time I lost my virginity, but let’s save that story for another time). In fact, there isn’t a movie he hasn’t produced that I’m not a fan of. So, for me to be able to talk with someone so notable will forever be a moment that I will treasure.
I also looked forward to speaking with him because he indirectly helped me with my book. At the time, I had sacrificed everything to pursue the purpose of my life, to share my story. In the middle of writing it I truly was a starving artist, and I was running out of reasons and fuel to continue working away at my dream. I took a break from writing, and started to surf the net for inspiration. I stumbled upon a YouTube video where Goldstein was interviewed by the inspirational J.W. Najarian. The entire interview was compelling and inspirational, but at one point Goldstein relayed the sacrifices he made in taking the leap to go for his dreams; and how endlessly he continued to work for little to no pay. This was the fuel I needed to continue to work, and hearing his words helped me work even longer on my book each day until I completed it.
So, it’s not an understatement for me to say that to talk with Gary on the phone was truly a dream come true. I also had the pleasure in speaking with his business partner, Morgan Carson; she has become one of my favorite people that I have had the pleasure of speaking to. Since our conversation, Gary connected me to J.W., and I find him to be just as enjoyable as Gary and Morgan. This just goes to show that positivity is contagious and moves faster than negativity ever could.
Through our lengthy conversation we discussed his career and through the next couple of weeks I will release those discussions. But I first want to focus on his current Kickstarter campaign for his book, which reveals how to attain a successful career as a screenwriter. For those that don’t know, Kickstarter is an online network that allows the public to invest in creative ideas, becoming part of something magical, and offers a generous return on the investment.
So, why would someone like Goldstein, whose career is scattered with success, go the Kickstarter route for his new book? Glad you asked.
“I had a lot of people approach me to publish it,” says Goldstein, “and several suggested that I self-publish it. I knew at the end of the day I was going to have a number of physical books printed, sitting in the corner of my office, and I would have a digital book and a page on Amazon, but I didn’t have a ‘driver.’
“What excites me is rolling up my sleeves and being in community; this book is very special to me and represents a large part of my life. I didn’t want my book sitting around, and I wanted something dynamic.
“This has turned out to be more magical than I expected, but now I have a greater sense of purpose in putting this book out to the world. There is a real relationship that’s building around the book, and I think this is going to be a springboard to other extraordinary projects.”
To read the full discussion of his Kickstarter project, visit the column I released for The Washington Times Communities. But allow me to ramble on a bit more about Gary. If I could relay only one message to you, okay two messages, it would be that he was very generous and to go for your dreams.
His generosity shined as he didn’t care about the length of our conversation, and seemed to rather enjoy it. He was also generous with his advice and the information that he shared with me. He truly cares about helping others achieve their goals, and this is what inspired him to write his book.
And I say to you, go for your dreams, because you can achieve anything you want to when you put your mind to it. Six years ago I suffered from PTSD and I was at the end of my rope. I am now fully transformed and honored to say that I have had a conversation with Gary Goldstein. If you would have told me that I would be talking with Goldstein six years ago, I would have asked you to share whatever it is you were smoking. But the reality is, you can achieve your dreams, but you have to believe in yourself first.
So, reach out to those you would like to talk to; you will be pleasantly surprised on how many personalities will happily oblige you. I can’t wait to reveal the rest of Goldstein’s messages, he continues to inspire me, and I know he will inspire you, as well. And remember, be nice to people out there. One person can make a difference in someone’s life.
To learn more about Gary Goldstein’s Kickstarter campaign and how to get involved, click here.
Featured Image Credit: Maria Rangel