Growing up, I wanted to be a writer.
Or at least, that was the most consistent dream. I wanted to write and tell stories. The format changed here and there--sometimes I wanted to be a novelist, sometimes I wanted to write comic books, sometimes, in moments of pure grandeur, I thought I wanted to write movies, but that seemed the least plausible and thus, received the least amount of attention.
It seems to be we've moved past the stage of multi-tasking and into the stage of multi-living. I don't know many pure writers anymore, or pure actors or directors or photographers. I know writers who direct, photographers who are cinematographers, models who are photographers, lawyers who are casting directors, producers who are actors. Used to be calling yourself a something slash something was a bit of hubris. "All actors want to direct"--remember that old joke? All movie stars want to be rock stars, and all rock stars want to be movie stars.
Nobody was what they wanted to be. I remember a line of sharp dialogue in a fantasy script I heard a long time ago. A straightforward swordsman is complaining about this very fact. Farmers want to be merchants, merchants want to be nobles, nobles want to be king, and the king wants to be God. Nobody is who they want to be.
Except these days, you actually CAN be everything you want to be. Or at least, you can try.
I pulled this site together in a few hours because I wanted a place to blog and I wanted a place to put my film resume and I wanted a home for my reel when it's finished and I wanted a place to put my newfound attempts at photography. For some reason lately people are willing to take my photo more than someone who looks like me really deserves to have his photo taken, so I needed a home for some modeling shots too. And really, it's all interwoven these days, isn't it? Films are shot on DSLRs. Fashion photographers become Academy Award winning directors. Models become actors, actors are the faces of fashion lines, and writers...
Well writers are always writers. Whether we want to be or not.
So welcome to Lost Continuity, my little patch of the internet where all this stuff comes together.
Matthew Phillion is a full time writer, frequent actor, sometimes director, and occasional photographer. He can be reached here.