With each passing year, here in New York, I realize how much I have accomplished since the preceding year, and how much I have endeavored to achieve. Being in New York has a way of making you feel that anything is possible and yet everything is a hurdle on a treadmill at the same time. I prefer the former. Even as I get olde-*coughs* uhh, more refined, I gain a better understanding of the quality of life. I guess that's why I made the decision to travel more, and with greater confidence, as opposed to wishing for it or analyzing the what if's and waiting for a "better time." That got old.
The more I embraced that in order to accomplish something, all I needed was a vision and a purpose, the simpler the process became. It's so easy to look at a current situation and get the self riled up over oppositions yet to be faced, and allow that to dictate the action or reaction. Yet, it's hard for people, in general, to just use the what if in a positive fashion. What if it does work out? What if you do deserve for [a situation] to go the way you want it to? Let that take precidence over stress and apprehension. Nevermind the how; that really does take care of itself, so long as you commit to focusing on the what and why.
When I first moved to New York, and I attended my first social event - which was graciously and brilliantly coordinated by the lovely Chi Chi Anyanwu, actually - I remember being welcomed by a lot of the other attendees, and given some insight and advice about the city and "the Business.' I also remember being told, by a few people, that it would likely take me a year or two to really warm up to the city and "get the ball rolling," so to speak. At those very moments, I made the decision not to accept nor embrace those sentiments and assured myself that I had arrived right on time. One month later, I booked my first gig, and have been booking consistent work, since. Of couse, I never had anything against anyone else's experience(s); I just knew that theirs were not mine and vice versa. It's what makes the difference between achieving the goals set, and trying to achieve them, based on a social formula. It's what keeps the what if's minimal/non-existent. This website is prime example, and a daily reminder for me to never underestimate what I can and will do. Dare I say that this is only the beginning? Dare I dare YOU to do the same? Until soon...
"One of the greatest discoveries a man makes, one of his great surprises, is to find he can do what he was afraid he couldn't do." - Henry Ford
The proverbial "writer's block" is not a hindrance of creativity, but rather an excuse for the Writer to legitimately stifle himself from the act of writing through hardship. The "block" is actually the greatest and most worthy of challenges in the literary world. It is a challenge designed for the Writer to allow the spirit of the words to flow from mind to mouth - or to hand - and to manifest itself in such a way that elevates the standard by which he thrives, creatively. He has found comfort in the frictionless flow of creativity which allows him to mend thought and will, and has, therefore, already created limitations; restrictions self-inflicted on his own ability to transcend beyond the threat of obstacles, or challenges.
The Writer must not lose sight of the balance between thought and will. He has a responsibility. He must continue to reject doubt and/or to use it as a weapon against itself and persevere, recording each transition throughout the duration of his assignment. He must not cease produce, with creative expression. He his, afterall, a Writer.
Wow, here we are. This is the first bit of my mind being spilled onto my (new) website, and I am overjoyed. Simply stated. It has really been quite the journey, deciding whether or not I was going to even have a website. Now, look: the pros definitely outweighed any cons I had in my mind. Before I go any further, I have to HAVE TO give a major shout to Arron Lloyd – who you will also see as the first “Inspired By…” feature – for taking time out of his productively busy schedule, to help this guy right here out. I’m beyond impressed and grateful for his dedication to making SmithDonnellE shine.
This site is not only designed for people to be able to check my credentials or help book work; I really want the visitors of this page to get to know me. I want to be able to pay homage to those I have met along the way, who have inspired me and contributed to where I stand today. Cliché, I know – booooo – but it’s true. Sooo…now what? Meh, maybe a slip and slide down a polished marble hallway? Who knows, and that is EXACTLY why you should keep checking back with me; to know what goes on in this head of mine. So much to say, so much to express, and I can really go on and on, on and on – “my cypher keeps going like a ro-…” ok, that’s enough – but I can't tell it all in one blog. That’s not fair to you. Stay tuned for more, and thank you, Thank You, THANK YOU for being here right now! Until soon…
"The first step toward success is taken when you refuse to be a captive of the environment in which you first find yourself."
- Mark Caine
Donnell E. Smith