"If you want to be creative, get out there and do it. It's not a waste of time."

I have to admit, I've gotten a wee bit jaded over time. I've seen a lot of  Academy Award-winners give lots of speeches. I don't fault the folks for the "me" moment it usually becomes - sooo much work goes into every aspect of film-making, and so much of it requires a commitment so far beyond the making of the film itself, that it would be cruel not to let winners take a moment to crow a bit.

But every now and then, an Award Winner sends a message that goes beyond them - one meant to help others be successful, and when they do that it needs to be called out.  Michael Giacchino sent a personal message to every kid looking through the music shop window, or picking up a crayon to draw with for the first time.

"Get out there and do it. Its not a waste of time."

This week at the Game Developers Conference I'll have the pleasure of  interviewing two amazing composers for Digital Arts, Justin Lassen, whose musical compositions not only bring out the best in the visuals that inspire him, but take you to places beyond this world, and Carmen Rizzo, whose compositions somehow bring the best musical elements from the furthest reaches of this planet together in harmony.

If you are creative - you have a pretty good idea of the roadblocks out there for a kid with a dream.  Justin and Carmen are two extremely  successful "grown-up creative kids." I'll be challenging them not only to talk about how technology has helped them achieve their dreams - but how they found the strength to push on and follow-through on their childhood dreams of living as creative beings.

All of us - at whatever age - still face those hurdles.  Thank you, Michael Giacchino, for your message to all of us. And thank you also to Michael's parents, teachers, and colleagues for sending the right message too. He really couldn't have done this without you.

Below is the full text of Academy Award Winner Michael Giacchino's acceptance speech. Original Score for the animated feature, UP.

"Thank you, guys. When I was... I was nine and I asked my dad, "Can I have your movie camera? That old, wind-up 8 millimeter camera that was in your drawer?" And he goes, "Sure, take it." And I took it and I started making movies with it and I started being as creative as I could, and never once in my life did my parents ever say, "What you're doing is a waste of time." Never. And I grew up, I had teachers, I had colleagues, I had people that I worked with all through my life who always told me what you're doing is not a waste of time. So that was normal to me that it was OK to do that. I know there are kids out there that don't have that support system so if you're out there and you're listening, listen to me: If you want to be creative, get out there and do it. It's not a waste of time. Do it. OK? Thank you. Thank you."  - Michael Giacchino

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Thanks, Javier! Yes, way too often the message "that's a waste of time" or "you'll never get anywhere doing that" comes up when folks, especially kids, are just starting to hear a calling.

Just as bad is the notion that "you can only do one thing well, so give up everything else and focus." Some people seem to have a limitless ability to master a subject. Often the greatest part of a masterpiece is not the technical ability itself, but the life sum of outside experience the artist brings to it.


Micael hit the nail on the head. Thank you Steve for getting this message ever more out there.

Life can be tough. I've witnessed people having to give up what they love, do a reality check on the financial level, and go do something they really don't care for to support their families. This happens a lot and breeds a mentality that you have to early on pick a profession or skill you can live on, for certain, rather than chase a dream. This is a bit silly in a world, most of the western world at least, where if dream goes bust you can train for a simple job very quickly, even on the job, and earn enough to get by and the continue training yourself for the dream. Changing professions has become easier, gone are the days when you can and would keep one single job all your life.

I admit it all becomes more complicated with having kids and in many corners of the world having options at all is not an option.

Anyway I am fully for saying "it's not waste of time", especially to kids, because that's how they have better chance of reaching their dreams.. Just because somebody else didn't make it, doesn't mean they can't. And even if they don't succeed, it's a life richer in experience that they've had.


Absolutely, Niko! And the really sad thing is that picking a career simply because it is "mainstream" is no guarantee of success. The truth is - you are going to be competing with people who are passionate about that career. If your heart's not into it, you've placed yourself at a disadvantage from the word "go."

But that, unfortunately is not a message kids tend to get.

It was interesting to note in talking to Justin that he had very supportive parents - and he has not only excelled in many disparate disciplines, he is very successful.

And, yes, life is so much richer for those who have really made the effort to reach those dreams - even if they don't attain exactly what they were hoping for. I'll take a roller-coaster ride over a conveyor belt any day of the week :).