I believe that what we call our personality, this aggregation of subtle and predominant attitudes, philosophies, fears, tastes and impulses, this assembling of conflicting thoughts, ideas and other inner battles, is the result of all the experiences that we had to face during our respective lives. Thinking that it's a fixed attribute can't be further from the truth. It's evolving as we adapt to our reality. Of course genetics play a part ; there's things that we can't avoid nor choose, but, all things considered, I'll forever maintain that personality is more nurtural than natural.
Music follows me everywhere, like if my life had a soundtrack. Like most people, I'm always looking for new singers and bands. The feeling of having a whole discography to discover is unique, incomparable. Each time it's like uncovering a brand new world. Each artist, each sound brings to light new perspectives on life to the keen listener. Without further ado, here are some of the singers and bands I consider underrated and more than worthy to feature on your next playlists. (This is not a Top 10, so there's no order)
Crafting strong characters in any kind of medium is a daunting but essential task for every authors. Doing them justice afterwards as an actor is just as much challenging, especially when the audience has its own vision and expectations beforehand. That being said, some writers and actors succeed at forging not only memorable personas, but iconic, timeproof ones. Characters can truly become inspirations when well written and interpreted. It is no secret ; fiction is for a lot of people a way to escape a reality that is sometimes burdensome to say the least. Here are some of the best characters of the 2000s, in my humble opinion:
For as long as I can remember, I've always been a film enthusiasts. With the advent of Netflix, I went from a passionate viewer to an aspiring filmmaker. Following religiously screenwriters, showrunners, producers and directors on social media, asking them questions and interacting with fellow users, I became obsessed by taking the cinematic route. The more I watched TV shows and witnessed the birth of cult-following series, the more I understood their strong convening power. But what I love the most about TV series is without hesitation the creative possibilities they offer, a thing movies can't quite achieve because of time constraints. Series allow authors to build believable worlds filled with rich lore and diversified intrigues and to develop characters in depth, characters viewers can truly relate to. That is where TV shows can have huge impacts on people. The empathy for fictional personalities are ''practically the God particle'' of the small screen. For that to be achieved, viewers have to understand the characters, but that needs to be organic. Taking the viewer by the hand by guiding him too much can have the opposite effect. In my humble opinion, the worst thing a series can do is be condescending with its viewers. Screenwriters and showrunners need to find the fine line between taking their audience for granted and intervene excessively. The key is trust. The best creators are the one who make the necessary information available so the viewer can make his own deductions and equations. Emotivity can't be forced.
The long months of confinement most of us have lived since the pandemic outbreak sure had their ups and downs for me and for a lot of people, I can imagine. Keeping our sanity in a world going sick and mad is quite the challenge, especially since every window we open on society, like social media and television for a start, alienates us a bit more every day by reminding us of the crises going on all around the globe. We need distractions now more than ever before. In my case, I discovered a new passion in photography. Slowing down the pace of my daily life made me realize all the artistic, poetic potential of my surroundings. I had never truly taken the time before to think about the fact that every glimpse of reality can carry a message and convey an emotion. Art is everywhere for those who look for it and meanings are subjective, personal. There lies the true power of photography. Every picture, every moment can tell the story we want it to tell. Everything is a matter of perspective. I find this idea infinitely inspiring.
Screenwriting and writing are not the same beast. Conflating them is the first mistake one can make. While writing a book calls for more lyricism and implies a slower pace, writing a script requires an ability to dive straight into the heart of the story. Every word must help pushing the plot forward as nothing should be superfluous. Reading a script must feel like watching a movie.