We don’t live in bubbles of seclusion, or information-blocking castles surrounded by a stagnant moat of uninfluenced thoughts. Isaac Newton hit the nail on the head, we all stand on the shoulders of giants. Whether that giant is a globally known and admired film director, or your friend who comes up with a clever idea that you then run with. Influence surrounds us and penetrates us; it binds the galaxy together. That’s not to say that you can’t have an original thought, but generally the flame that sparks an idea is rooted in an experience, an individual, or an event happening somewhere on planet Earth. Even the inspiration to write this entry came from an outside source. That source would be James Rolfe. Some of you may know him better as The Angry Video Game Nerd (AVGN). James is turning his beloved web series into a full length feature film. This is an incredible feat, and one that should be admired by not only lovers of movies and games, but by anyone who has ever had a dream to tackle a creative project.
I have had correspondence with HelloGreedo viewers who say that my YouTube channel inspired them to pursue a creative project. That is an incredibly humbling thought. The idea that something I am so passionate about was the spark that aided someone in their pursuit, simply put, is an amazing feeling. Sure, HelloGreedo started as just a man. An individual. One guy with a camera and a voice. But just as HelloGreedo has grown up, so have I. HelloGreedo has become a symbol (at least in my mind) for the pursuit of enjoyment. It’s so much bigger than just another Star Wars YouTube Channel. It is the idea that, in the year 2014, you don’t need a studio. You don’t need a label. You don’t need a publisher. There is no reason you shouldn’t pursue your art.