Jim Henson is, and should be, an inspiration to anyone who wants to take their ideals and passions along with them as they travel down a road of success.
Henson, as we all know, created the wonderful puppets for the Muppets, Sesame Street, Fraggle Rock and a myriad of other TV shows and movies. The company he founded – Jim Henson’s Creature Shop – continues to do so.
But what is truly inspiring about Henson was his unswerving belief in his art and his following of it. He is proof that you can follow your art and heart and build a career.
Over at LongReads is a beautiful piece on Henson and this aspect of his career. Reading it it is important to note that Henson had ideals, but was not an idealist. He did not avoid commerciality, he embraced it, but on his terms.
You really should be asking yourself WHY you are doing what you’re doing. Why do you want to be in the film business? What drives you (and what are you good at)?
The stuff dreams and mansions are made of….