Make a Moment Magic – December 24, 2014 on MemoirHistorian.com
Quote from On The Waterfront:
Terry (Marlon Brando) : You don’t understand. I coulda had class. I coulda been a contender. I coulda been somebody….
Marlon Brando was one of my favorite actors, and that is one of my favorite movie quotes. I grew up watching classic movies and that is how I tend to want to see the world. To spell out what I do with Memoir Historian is to help people turn their stories into memorable pieces. If I could have a quote for what I do in my memoir business, it would be to “Make a moment magic”.
If you could chose an actor to play you in your biopic, who would that be? Imagine that, the story of your life on the big screen with a famous celebrity playing you. Any ideas? Personally, I would want the young Sophia Loren to represent me in my life story. Or maybe I just wish I were Sophia.
Who would you choose to play you? You really are worth holding a casting call to find an actor worthy of your story. Well, that can never happen until you get your story down on paper or in digital form. Most people think they have led ordinary lives, not so monumental, but that is not so true. There are 365 days in a year, multiplied by the years since birth – that could be a lot of living! Your life may seem ordinary to you, but that’s only because you already know all the details, but others don’t. A so-called simple life can be quite interesting to hear about because it is unique information to someone else. Your story counts.
Just think about the historical times you have lived through. For example, my parents lived through the depression and WWII. My dad walked across the Golden Gate Bridge on the first day it opened on May 27, 1937. My grandmother lived through the 1906 San Francisco earthquake. Think of the first-person accounts they could have offered on these historical moments. Of course, when I was young they told stories of these events around the dinner table. Now that they have passed, how I wish I had recorded them. Their personal accounts are lost, except for what I remember them saying. As time passes, the stories aren’t as clear in my head as when they were speaking them. How much better it would have been to have had the accounts readable in their actual words or re-playable in some visual form. No one’s life is too boring to tell because even in that there is a curiosity.
Or some others have lived fantastical lives. They know they have a story to tell, but they don’t have the wherewithal to commemorate it. It’s almost an obligation to pass along those special experiences, whether it be to your family, your friends, or just for legacy’s sake. You have been the lead actor in your story, why not let others enjoy it as well.
So are you ready?
Quote from Sunset Boulevard:
Norma Desmond (Gloria Swanson) : [to newsreel camera] You see, this is my life! It always will be! Nothing else! Just us, the cameras, and those wonderful people out there in the dark!… All right, Mr. DeMille, I’m ready for my close-up.
Movies are memorable and so are you. I grew up with movies, studied film and I see things as if through a camera lens. My focus is in letting you know you are the star of your life. Many film moments have left an impression on me. I visited Cannes, France in 1997 for the Cannes Film Festival. While lounging on the beach of the French Rivera, I imagined myself as Brigitte Bardot in …And God Created Woman (1956).
What is a favorite movie moment for you? My goal is to document the days in your life that you want recorded and to make them Academy Award worthy.
Everyone is a character in the universal story of the world. You may think you are a supporting character, not the headliner, but you are just as crucial to the overall experience.
Quote from It’s a Wonderful Life:
Clarence (Henry Travers): Strange, isn’t it? Each man’s life touches so many other lives. When he isn’t around he leaves an awful hole, doesn’t he?
You really do make a difference to the world.