by Daniel Brodie
The short story is this. My Kickstarter campaign launches today to fund the first issue of my comic book series, Morgan’s Organs. If adult comedy is your thing, check out the Kickstarter here. Now, for the long story…
I’ve always been a creative person, and I’ve always been someone who wanted to create something in this world. But I never would have guessed that would lead to my dream of becoming a screenwriter. Well, to put my aspirations that lightly is to over-generalize. See, I don’t really want to be a screenwriter, or even a storyteller. Not yet, at least. What I really want is one thing: to create Morgan’s Organs.
My goal is the equivalent of one’s aspirations to be an astronaut ONLY IF they can travel to Mars. I don’t want to see the Moon, float in space, or eat vacuum-sealed yoghurt. Not yet, at least. I just want to kick around red rocks on Mars.
My idea first came to me over two years ago during a Euro backpacking trip. I was strolling around Amsterdam one afternoon, people-watching, sight-seeing, and generally, just thinking (read: in a coffee shop-induced haze), when I first got the idea for what has grown to be much more than that. It has grown to be my life dream.
The premise to Morgan’s Organs is simple: what if tiny micro-beings live within us who are responsible for the functions of our internal systems? As I’ve come to learn, it’s not as wholly original as I first thought, with the recent movie Inside Out or the cringe-worthy Herman’s Head of the 90’s. But who am I kidding, most things in this world build off what’s been done before, and while I did not know these titles existed when I started writing my first screenplay, I know my concept is still different from the rest.
But I don’t intend to try to validate my concept here (that’s what my Kickstarter is for). I want to show you how my path changed cause of one thing I learned playing basketball – to pivot.
In the world of basketball, pivoting means to keep one’s foot fixed in place while moving the other foot in any direction. And like when I would pivot to make space from my defender and find the open teammate, I am now pivoting beyond the crowded space of screenwriting, to something more feasible – an indie comic book creator.
When I first started writing Morgan’s Organs, my intentions were clear – to create the next great adult comedy television series. My early attempts were bold, almost naïve, definitely reckless. After developing my first draft, receiving the validation of just a couple friends, and entering it into several screenwriting competitions, that is when I received my first good smack in the head that I would need to work a lot harder than that.
So over the next year or so, I got to work. I found an online community of dedicated writers, where I helped them with their writing, and they helped me with mine. A few major reconstructions, several moderate revisions, a couple side gigs as diversions, and thousands of minor edits later, I got to a point where I felt confident in the execution of my concept, and was ready to network and re-enter in competitions again.
And that was when I got my second kick in the a$$. It was good, and received some recognition, but still wasn’t good enough – not to the gatekeepers at least. Not to the people who open the floodgates to the real decision makers in Hollywood. No one was willing to take a chance on me.
I was left with two options: quit or adapt. But what was I adapting to? I already had an audience of people, both offline and online, who loved my idea and its execution. If an audience likes what they read, why should I listen to what the gatekeepers want? Do I appeal to the masses, or to the few? And that’s when I decided I was ready to create for an audience, instead of relate to an industry.
Pivoting has got me to where I am today. The flag at the top of the mountain remains fixed in stone. My path to get there is what is now different.
My Kickstarter campaign will be the true test. Is there really an audience out there that loves what I do? One thing is for sure – I won’t know if I keep trying to fit the Hollywood mold. This is the moment I see if the world wants to embrace what I offer. Hopefully is all I can hope for.
If you’ve taken the time to read this much, help me just a little more and check out the Kickstarter campaign HERE