Born: August 16, 1954, Canada | Successful For: Producer, Director, Screenwriter | Zodiac Sign: Leo
James Cameron’s 3 Keys to Success:
SCI FI FAN AND AVID READER TO SCI FI CREATOR, PASSION TRIUMPHS:
James Cameron was a major fan of sci fi movies as a kid. He states “I spent all my free time in the town library and I read an awful lot of science fiction and the line between reality and fantasy blurred. I was as interested in the reality of biology as I was in reading science fiction stories about genetic mutations and post-nuclear war environments and inter-stellar traveling, meeting alien races, and all that sort of thing. I read so voraciously. It was tonnage. I rode a school bus for an hour each way in high school because they put me in an academic program that could only be serviced by this high school much further away. So I had two hours a day on the bus and I tried to read a book a day. I averaged a book every other day, but if I got really interested in something it was propped up behind my math book or my science book all during the day in class.” He later combined both science fiction, and a love for film-making to produce and direct some of the most epic titles including Avatar.
Star Wars Inspiration, When Intuition Sparks, ACT:
James Cameron initially went to California State University to pursue physics, even though he was a major fan of movies and sci fi. Cameron then left University took a job as a truck driver and wrote a short film whenever he got the chance. He’d even pull over in his truck to write. It wasn’t until he watched Star Wars in 1977, and was inspired by the legendary film to dedicate himself fully into the film industry. As Cameron also had a passion for mechanics, he saw that blending art with science was possible, and shockingly, years later James Cameron came up with the action packed Terminator.
Embrace The Fact That You Might Fail, Just Like Cameron States:
When talking to film industry students, James Cameron stated the following, which sums up his perspective of failure. This perspective was what allowed him to embrace failure, and move toward greatness fast. “Don’t put limitations on yourself, other people will do that for you. Don’t do it to yourself, don’t bet against yourself and take risks. NASA has this phrase that they like “failure is not an option,” but failure HAS to be an option, in art and in exploration. Because it’s a leap of faith. And no important endeavor that required innovation was done without risk. You have to be willing to take those risks. In whatever you’re doing, failure is an option, but fear is not.” This reflects Cameron’s personality, whereby when creating Titanic, the movie was known to have major expenses, and widely postponed schedule. But the film became the highest grossing film of all time. “If you set your goals ridiculously high and it’s a failure, you will fail above everyone else’s success.”
“Imagination is a force that can manifest into reality.” – Quote by James Cameron