Ray Bradbury: Sci-fi will miss you!
Along with Ray Bradbury’s memorable contributions to science fiction, he leaves us with his example of how to live an extraordinary life.
I heard Bradbury speak at Antioch University Los Angeles, and he was incredibly funny, wise and encouraging. During his talk he gave such good advice that I thought he would’ve had a great career as a motivational speaker, but writing was his first love. Bradbury had tremendous focus and clarity about what he wanted to do. Add his fantastical imagination to the equation and success was inevitable. He was and is so inspiring.
“If I hadn’t discovered writing, I think I really would have become a magician,” the iconic author explains in Ray Bradbury: Story of a Writer, a 25-minute documentary about his life and work. He gives an impassioned speech to a group of students about four minutes into the film, about his own struggles as a writer, with a bit of advice:
The first year I made nothing, the second year I made nothing, the third year I made 10 dollars, the fourth year I made 40 dollars. I remember these. I got these indelibly stamped in there. The fifth year I made 80. The sixth year I made 200. The seventh year I made 800. Eighth year, 1,200. Ninth year, 2,000. Tenth year, 4,000. Eleventh year, 8,000 …
Just get a part-time job! Anything that’s half way decent! An usher in a theater … unless you’re a mad man, you can’t make do in the art fields! You’ve gotta be inspired and mad and excited and love it more than anything else in the world!
It has to be this kind of BY GOD I’VE GOTTA DO IT! I’VE SIMPLY GOTTA DO IT! If you’re not this excited, you can’t win!
(Source: The Atlantic)