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Comment devient-on une bonne histoire ? | Nathalie Sejean | TEDxReims

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    Ten years ago, I quit my job as a bookseller
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    I packed my luggage
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    and I left Paris to live in Los Angeles.
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    I didn’t know anyone there
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    but I knew that I wanted
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    to make movies
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    so it made sense to go to Hollywood.
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    I came back to France
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    after a few years
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    and when people would ask me:
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    : “What do you do in life?”
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    I would reply:
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    : “I’m a filmmaker. I make movies.
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    Actually, I’m just back from a few years in Los Angeles.”
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    I would oftentimes see a little sparkle
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    in their eyes as they'd say:
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    “That’s amazing!
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    What type of films do you direct?
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    Can we see them at the movie theatre?
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    Have you worked with famous people?”
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    And I would reply:
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    : “I direct mostly fiction.
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    You can’t watch my films at the movie theatre
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    - not yet.
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    And no...no, I haven’t worked with anyone famous.”

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    At that moment
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    there would be a silence
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    long enough for their enthusiasm
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    to go down a few inches
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    And then,
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    we would keep on talking about Los Angeles.
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    Little by little,
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    tired of seeing people’s reaction
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    going from curious to disappointed
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    when they would realize
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    that I was a “wannabe”,
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    I started lying about what I was doing.
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    I stopped saying
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    “I’m a filmmaker”
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    to say “I work as a freelance.”
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    I stopped saying
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    to say “I make videos for clients.”
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    It sounded less dreamy
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    but it was useful and practical.
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    We would talk about how to find clients,
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    how to bill them, about gear.
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    And more importantly,
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    I stopped feeling like
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    like I had to apologize for my lack of success.
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    I began to feel a bit weird about it though
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    , so I asked myself
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    “Why do you lie about what you do?
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    And why do you feel
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    feel compelled to diminish people's expectations
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    so they won’t think you’ve failed?”
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    It’s at that point that I really started
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    to become interested
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    about the concept of “success”
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    and how it has evolved
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    in the last few years,
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    especially with the social medias’ arrival in our lives
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    that remind us daily
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    how we rank on the graph of success
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    compared to the other 8 billion.
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    This ranking on the “success graph”
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    explains why sometimes,
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    when we talk with people,
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    a contest starts
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    to find out who has the most impact.
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    It’s conveyed through innocent words:
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    “I know X person”
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    “X number of people follow me”
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    “I travelled through X number of countries”,
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    “I was a speaker at X event”.
Titre:
Comment devient-on une bonne histoire ? | Nathalie Sejean | TEDxReims
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Langue de la vidéo:
French
Équipe:
closed TED
Projet :
TEDxTalks
Durée:
17:20

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