“There is no such thing as simple.
Simple is hard.”
– Martin Scorcese
I found myself in a room with Film-Maker Martin Scorcese on Saturday.
(Granted there were 400 other people there as well….)
He was in Dublin giving a masterclass in cinema and also receiving the John Ford award from The Irish Film Academy. (Presented by Ireland’s President Michael D. Higgins).
For 2 hours he shared some of his insight about the business of movies, about storytelling and about his life and inspirations.
What came across to me was his incredible knowledge of his industry. A true expert. A craftsman. And very humble.
(The other thing that struck me was the amount of people wearing Scorcese style glasses in the room
– when you see ‘film creatives’ all together in one space they don’t look like independent minded individuals any more…)
It was inspiring to reflect on the body of his work many of which I’ve grown up with (Taxi Driver,
Raging Bull, Goodfellas, Casino, The Departed, Wolf Of Wall Street etc.)
His quote above reflects his commitment to his craft.
It takes a lot of work to make the hard look simple. It’s never easy.
And if you’re someone interested in getting better at what you do, and better at living it’s inspiring to
hear from a master that he still finds it hard. It’s just part of the process.
The most important thing is to keep working at it. To keep moving.
Reminds me of another quote:
‘The only place success comes before work, is in the dictionary.’