We had the good fortune of connecting with Eric Colton and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Eric, any advice for those thinking about whether to keep going or to give up?
As a filmmaker, I heard from the beginning, ‘if there is anything else you’d rather be doing, do that, because this is really hard.’ And many times since, I’ve thought of those words. I suppose that has always given me my answer. If I gave up, I don’t know what else I’d do. I love being a filmmaker. A story-teller. There are endless possibilities still out there for me in the film business. As long as I’m alive, I’ll be an artist who loves movies and the process of making them. And I think life is too short to not do what you love. If you have a dream you’re passionate about, I think you owe it to yourself to pursue it as long as those thoughts keep coming to you. Otherwise, you end up resenting those around you for pushing you in other directions.
I don’t think my clarity around my passion is universal. It certainly hasn’t always been the case amongst my contemporaries. There can be gray area for people. If that is the case, I think you have your answer already. If you find yourself complaining, whether its about what you do, how hard it is not having enough time for your personal life or hobbies, then those are obviously priorities. I would take that as a sign to find something else to do that enables you to fit other things into the life that you want. We all only have one life and I believe we are entitled to spend them doing things that make us happy. Not what others think we should be doing or what we think might make them happy.
Come from a place of abundance, not scarcity. If all of your reasons to give up are practical, meaning money based, I wouldn’t consider that a good enough reason to quit. That just means you have to work harder and get more creative. But if what you’re doing is not fulfilling you or making you happy, it’s time to give up and find something that does.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
I am a filmmaker. I started out as an actor, which I still am. Then I learned about screenwriting and became a screenwriter. I found that craft came easier to me and I began to love it the more I did it. Then I wanted to get my screenplays made into movies and started researching how to go about doing that. I am at that point now and I feel I’ve come full circle. I am now capable of being an asset in getting my own films made and starring in them.
What sets me apart is my attitude, character and faith. I am aggressively positive. I’m not one to complain or be practical. I’m a big dreamer. I bring a lot of joy to others through being a supportive human and an active listener. I encourage others to stick up for themselves and follow their hearts. I root for people without any expectations. I try to present and enjoy life while bringing joy out in others. And I believe in destiny. That my own is to leave a distinct mark on the film business through acting, writing and producing films. I’ve kept that dream strong in my mind since I was nineteen years old and haven’t wavered. That belief, positivity and determination set me apart.
I got to where I am today by refusing to give up. I figured if I wasn’t concerned with anyone’s expectations or judgments, then I was free to pursue my dreams for the rest of my life. My faith is in life being an intricate adventure with each challenge presented being another opportunity to learn and grow as a person. That is how I’ve overcome so many challenges.
Along the way I’ve learned that you get what you give. If you put positivity and goodness out into the world, you will get it in return. If you put selfishness out there, you’ll be treated that way by others. I’ve learned this to be true through the many blessings that continue to come to me.
I want the world to know that the person I am today is a better man than I was in the past. And that you can count on me continuing to strive for improvement as a human for the rest of my life. I’ll never settle for the person I am today. I believe if I keep growing, learning and working, I will eventually achieve beyond my dreams. And I want the world to know I’m ready to be embraced by it. I dream of my films having an impact on the people. I understand that comes with fame, which is a responsibility to the fans, in my eyes. I aim to be a good example. To do good. To give back. And to use any influence or power I’m blessed with to create positive change for humanity. I look at grand success as the beginning, not the end.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
Los Angeles is such a unique city. There is so much at your fingertips. And I’ve hosted many a friend here. It all comes down to preferences. Beach or mountain. Outdoorsy and adventurous, or culturally stimulated and social. I have preferences for both. I think Venice Beach is a fascinating place to see. The boardwalk, Abbot Kinney and the canals are my favorites there. For fans of the film business, Hollywood Boulevard, the Sunset Strip and the Hollywood Hills. There is so much history there. The old hotels, homes, bars, comedy clubs and restaurants all have so many stories behind them. For foodies, Los Angeles has so many incredible restaurants. Healthy living is in abundance here. I’m no connoisseur, but Larchmont Village has many great spots. I prefer Lemonade when I’m there. As does Beverly Hills. And Los Feliz. The Alcove is fantastic. I’m a big fan of diners. Swingers is a famous one in LA. So is Fred 62 in Los Feliz.
If you’re aiming to see some celebrities, bars and clubs on Sunset Boulevard, restaurants on Robertson Boulevard and throughout Beverly Hills, and Malibu are great spots. Plenty of pretty people at Runyon Canyon to check if you like people watching while getting some exercise. And in general, the artist vibes in Venice, Silver Lake and Los Feliz are strong and can be inspiring.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
Shoutout to my mentor and business partner, Emanuel Millar. When we met almost eight years ago, I was living a life filled with compromises I made for others. I didn’t know how to speak up for myself and be an individual. Two vital things for my happiness and my profession. Emanuel was a crucial influence in helping me improve in both areas. He’d experienced it himself through thirty plus years in the film business working with some of the most successful and revered filmmakers in the world. His stories and experiences opened my eyes to my potential and helped me become a person I could be more proud of today.
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