How “The Artist” taught me an important lesson

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The Artist – A black and white silent film. Made in 2011.

There is nothing remarkable about the first part of that statement. The last sentence however, is a huge surprise.

Who would think to make a silent black and white film in today’s age of over-the-top 3D extravaganzas?

When I first saw the film advertised, I was skeptical. I love classic black and white films…as long as they have spoken dialogue. Silent films have never really appealed to me. But, I kept hearing good things about it. I finally caught a matinee by myself (I wanted to form my own opinions, on my own).

Yes, it took a few minutes to get used to the “silent” format. But a few minutes in, I forgot it was “silent” and discovered that all the hype about the film was real. I left thinking, “How did someone even think to do this and get it made?”.

A few days after I saw the movie, I realized two pretty basic things:

Different = Good

Taking chances = Good

Granted, just being different and taking chances isn’t a recipe for instant success. But in my opinion, these two things are key ingredients to success. No one ever succeed in a big way by doing the same thing as everyone else.

Look what happened with “The Artist” – They have won 110 awards (and have been nominated for an additional 76), one of which was the Academy Award for Best Motion Picture of the Year (THE award in Hollywood). I think being different and taking chances paid off quite nicely for them!

  • Chris Miller
    April 12, 2012

    Great post. Lots of people talk about vision and passion but without the courage to actually do something different they will only take you so far.
    The movie looks fantastic, I’ve been living under a rock and have not seen it yet. 🙁

    • Melissa Bagley
      April 12, 2012

      Hi Chris- Thanks for visiting my blog & your comment! I completely agree…it takes courage to change. I hope you get to see the movie soon and enjoy it 🙂

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