“Hope and creativity are two of the most important things in the world”

The words of Emma Stone in her Golden Globe acceptance speech.

“This is a film for dreamers. I think that hope and creativity are two of the most important things in the world. And that’s what this movie is about. So to any creative person who’s had a door slammed in their face… or anybody anywhere who feels like giving up, but finds it in themselves to get up and keep moving forward, I share this with you.”

This is how Emma wrapped up her speech at the recent Golden Globe ceremony where she won the Best Actress in a Musical Award. The film she references is, of course, La La Land, and it is wondrous entertainment. It is also an homage to those who pursue creative ambitions. Listen to this song Stone sings as her character Mia auditions for a movie role. Told simply to tell a story, this is what she does:

Here are the lyrics:

My aunt used to live in Paris. 
I remember, she used to come home and tell us stories 
about being abroad.
And I remember that she told us she jumped in the river once, 
Barefoot…
She smiled, 
Leapt without looking 
And tumbled into the Seine
The water was freezing 
She spent a month sneezing 
But said she would do it again
Here’s to the ones who dream 
Foolish as they may seem 
Here’s to the hearts that ache 
Here’s to the mess we make
She captured a feeling 
Sky with no ceiling 
Sunset inside a frame 
She lived in her liquor 
And died with a flicker 
I’ll always remember the flame
Here’s to the ones who dream
Foolish as they may seem 
Here’s to the hearts that ache 
Here’s to the mess we make
She told me…
A bit of madness is key 
To give us to new colors to see 
Who knows where it will lead us? 
And that’s why they need us
So bring on the rebels, the ripples from pebbles 
The painters, and poets, and plays
And here’s to the fools who dream 
Crazy as they may seem 
Here’s to the hearts that break 
Here’s to the mess we make
I trace it all back to then
Her and the snow and the Seine
Smiling through it 
She said she’d do it
Again

If you feel despondent about the story you’re writing… the long arduous road to learning and honing your craft… the seemingly insurmountable odds against any chance of what the world would deem as success in the entertainment arts…

Or you just need to listen to a damn fine song about what it is we do as creatives, the “fools who dream”…

I believe you know where you can turn to, thanks to Justin Hurwitz.

Here is Emma Stone’s entire Golden Globe acceptance speech:

And for God’s sake, go see La La Land!