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When I was 5, I thought I’d found the secret passageway my dad used to get to work.
Glimpsed down the end of a long corridor at his office, I saw what looked like our backyard through an open door and assumed it was his way back home for when he was late or needed to pick up some work at night.
Maybe a few months later I told my oldest brother about Dad’s passageway. I was excited sharing the discovered secret until my brother’s look of disdain shattered my faith.
“What are you talking about? Dad drives to work. You’ve seen him. You’ve been in the car!”
Fast forward 35 years and my 5-year-old son, Jasper, is running around the house, hoping that if he does it 20 times, he’ll transform the puddle on the driveway into a time portal. Inside the house my 8-year-old, Oli, complains about the kids at school who tell him Santa doesn’t exist. “Do you believe in magic, Mum?” he asks. “Of course,” I answer. Seeing magic in the everyday helps keep me alive – and while reality can often get in the way of magic, creative pursuits and learning brings it all back to life. Being the exceptionally lucky daughter of a best-selling author and sister to an award-winning artist, magic was in great supply growing up. Today I’m knocking on the door of 40, happily comfortable in a job I love doing and know I’m good at, and sometimes it’s easy to forget how little I really know.
But magic is just around the corner.
Last weekend, I got to hang out with film-makers from around the country at a New Zealand Film Commission short film lab.
Being in a room full of creative talent can be intimidating. Panic sets in as it draws closer to my turn to introduce myself. “Who am I? What do I do? Why am I here? Suddenly I’m an impostor. I shouldn’t be here. Surely they’ll find out soon enough. Should I go home now?” But on the second day when we get to have a creative session with screenwriting legend Kathryn Burnett, I start to realise everyone feels the same way – insecurity in creative types is as common as tantrums in 2-year-olds.
While I can’t share the amazing stories that are yet to be told on film, I was inspired by the people behind them. From first time-writer-director-producer teams to experienced film-makers and all those in between, every individual brought passion, commitment and inspiring openness to their projects. Watching teams collaborate and share ideas while working alongside mentors expertly selected by the Commission’s Talent Development Team was pure magic and we all left better at what we were doing than when we arrived.
And having three days to think and learn and meet people who care about stories reminded me just how important storytelling is. The human brain is wired for stories. And stories are magic.