We had the good fortune of connecting with Diane Bell and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Diane, what role has risk played in your life or career?
For years, I wanted to write a screenplay but I was paralyzed with fear. What if I was no good? Not talented enough? If it was all a waste of my time? And surely it would be a waste – because even if I wrote something good, how would I sell it? I knew no one in the film industry (I was a Scottish yoga teacher living in Barcelona!). Eventually I decided that the risk of failure was worth it because I was living with the failure anyway. Everything I was afraid of, I was already living. I hadn’t written anything, I hadn’t sold anything, even though these were my biggest dreams. What did I have to lose? So I wrote the script and within a year, I sold it. My fears were totally unfounded. To me, taking risks is essential to living a creatively fulfilled and abundant life. Moving out of my comfort zone, taking the actions that I feel guided to by my heart. When you learn to trust your inner guidance and the desires of your heart, although it may seem like a risk to the outside world, I don’t think you can screw it up. You’ll learn, you’ll grow, you’ll transform, you’ll heal, you’ll expand. You can’t lose.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
I’m a screenwriter and director of movies which is the most far fetched thing ever because I certainly didn’t grow up thinking that was possible. It took years of dedicated inner work to shift my story and believe that this path was possible for me. Because of that struggle with fear and self-doubt, I feel called to help others overcome it. I believe that the people who have typically felt like their voices didn’t matter are exactly the voices we need to hear right now and I’m obsessed with empowering others to achieve their dreams. I started teaching online courses in filmmaking, screenwriting and mindset work two years ago and I now help thousands break through their inner limits and start living their dream creative life.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
Let’s pretend covid is not a thing.
We’d start the day at the LA Flower Market downtown and buy armfuls of beautiful fresh blooms. We’d drive towards the beach, stopping at the Museum of Jurassic Technology (it was featured in my first film Obselidia and is one of my favorite places in the world). After that, it would be the walking the promenade at the beach and hanging out on Abbot Kinney. Then a movie at the Aero to finish off the day.
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
I’d love to give a shout out to the Sundance Institute who have given me (and so many others) so much support as well as a platform for my work. Huge gratitude to everyone there!
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