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Individuality Leads to True Calling

Yukihiro ISHIKAWA / HOTSHOT EXECUTIVE EDITOR

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Thanks to you, HOTSHOT reached our 10th issue. This is owing to everyone’s encouragement and cooperation, and naturally our readers. Of course, a lot of people working in the motion picture industry support us. So I greatly appreciate everyone’s support.

Many of the people I speak with in this industry at interviews or social gatherings are now successful, but they didn’t expect it from the beginning. They just had some specialty and profound ability, which were different from others, so that they got into the world. The specialty, for example, might be the power of observation or prediction for cameramen, or the power of retaining a lot of information and an excellent sense of balance for editors. However, the more excellent one thing is, the more terrible other points are. Many of these kinds of people lack general skills, so at the risk of causing offense, I might venture to call it a “developmental disorder” (sorry). But they now make wonderful movies as their calling. Recently, I’ve been thinking about these 2 words: “personality” and “calling.”

I might also have this disorder in a sort of way. Looking back on my history, though I have been writing articles and reports on this industry for 25 years, to be honest, I never ever thought I wanted to be a writer. Even now I basically don’t have any desire to express anything by writing. I must be scolded, “What are you saying?” It’s a kind of “weird,” but I think my job is still my “calling” (laughs).

You might think, “What do you mean?” Here is the story. I get many responses that my writing is acceptable, interesting, understandable and beneficial, which has been way beyond my expectations. Originally, I loved to analyze things from a higher perspective. It has been my backbone to help me to find “viewpoints that anyone can share” for those who don’t know the motion picture world because I myself also don’t know much about this world. That’s my attempt at self-analysis.

It started with a job from a publishing company that requested that I write a how-to book about PCs for those who didn’t understand it at a time when Windows 95 was released in 1995. Though I had a liberal arts background and had no technical knowledge of PCs, my lack of knowledge was a hint. With the idea that I should write a book according to my understanding, and then everyone would be able to understand, I finished the book, which was easy for everyone to understand with various examples. In the age before the Internet’s growth, once the book was released, it ranked number one for 8 weeks in a specialized category at a famous bookstore. This kind of job led me to the motion picture world and helps HOTSHOT, and the skill (?) supports me. So I started thinking that I might say this is a “calling.” At the same time, however, I also have embarrassing things that I cannot write about here.

The word of a “developmental disorder” has a negative connotation that generally refers to a disorder where a person lacks some common sense compared to most people, but nowadays in some countries it can be considered someone’s “personality”. Especially in art, the giants who left their names in history had “developmental disorders,” according to some historical facts. So I want to encourage people who might think of themselves as a bit “weird” to just go create the way they are and with confidence. This is because “weirdness” is personality and specialty, and it can lead to new creations in any age.