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Scarlett, what’s the bravest thing you’ve ever done?
Quite a few years ago, I had an encounter in the ruins of a castle in the South of France which literally changed the course of my life. It’s actually documented in the film, The Otherworld (L’Autre Monde).
When I came back to California my life as I had known it no longer made any kind of sense to me — even though I was my own boss of a highly successful business, was making a lot of money, had a house, and had traveled the world.
Within a few months, I narrowed my life down to three suitcases and moved to France, diving head and heart first into a magical adventure for many years which was both beautiful, and terrifying.
I can’t say that it was easy, or a rational thing to do.
Some people thought I was crazy, and perhaps they were right, but living in foreign environment taught me a whole new set of survival tools.
Immersing myself in the culture, and the timeless landscape (where not much has changed for hundreds of years) inspired me to co-write supernatural horror movies, and to co-write two dark fantasy novels.
Had I stayed in California and played it safe, I would have never done those things, nor would I be working on the story I am writing today, and creating art again.
Whenever life over there became too difficult to bear and I felt down, I would think of the quote from Mark Twain:
“Twenty years from now, you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.”
Although I have lived a fairly left-of-field life, I think that move and career change was the bravest thing I’ve ever done. Even though I’m back in Los Angeles working on new projects, I don’t regret my time in France for one moment, and still consider it my home.