Follow Your Dreams
Good-natured Daniel Reese makes his way from small town America to the bright lights of Hollywood. Time to stop clowning around.
Chad McCord is a writer, director and acting coach in Los Angeles with over 25 years of experience working in the entertainment industry. His current list of projects include the following short films: FOLLOW YOUR DREAMS, a comedy about good-natured Daniel Reese who makes his way from small town America to Hollywood seeking fame and fortune in the bright lights. STAY WITH ME, a romantic drama that explores the mysterious and unconventional things people will do to keep love alive. FEAR OF FEATHERS, a romantic comedy about two besties who will do just about anything for each other. Chad has also directed two television comedy pilot presentations: THE MEAN BEAN, about two best friends looking for love, boys, and a job that pays more than minimum wage in Miami, Florida, and WILDLIFE, a story about wildlife expert Stu Nathans and his adventures in the human jungle. Lastly, he directed the web-series: CLASS WITH CHADWICK CHUBB, following the fabulous Hollywood acting coach Chadwick Chubb as he helps mold actors using his unique “acting exercises”. Part scripted, part improv, all fun and games. He is the owner of the Chad McCord Actors Studio and has coached and directed many recognizable actors in film, television, theatre, stand-up and commercials. His acting book, Life________Line; an Actors Guide to Acting and Auditions in Hollywood will be out in 2016.
One of the most important lessons I’ve learned along the way, and it’s been said many times before, is that you have to be true to yourself and not live your life trying to fit into the box you think society has designed for you. That box doesn’t really exist, and if it did, it would be built out of fear. Some people figure out early in life just who they are and what they want to be. They lead a life filled with art, music, politics, science or whatever path they choose to go down. Others find their voice somewhere along the way, maybe not as early as they would have hoped for, but they find it none-the-less.
That’s what I’d like to speak to as a director and writer; the idea that we all have the ability to become who we were are meant to be if we just stop trying to get it right. I want to shake people and say, “Stop wasting your time worrying about what the world thinks of you!” That little voice telling you over and over again that you’re not good enough, or smart enough, or pretty enough, or whatever enough? It doesn’t matter because it’s all in your head. I want to help people find the courage to go out there and be bold, be brave, and be themselves. It might take some looking to find out who you are and what you want to say, but I can tell you after years of trying to fit in and be what I thought the world wanted me to be, it’s extremely rewarding to just be me.
I remember the exact moment that happened for me. I was talking with a very talented friend who’s a Director of Photography, and I was telling him about a script I’d been working on. That’s when I heard that voice; it was monitoring the conversation. I remember thinking, “why am I leaving out such important details about the project?” The answer is simple. I thought he would think less of me if I told him truthfully about the project. And from that moment on, I vowed to not edit myself. Be who you are, say what you want to say, and most importantly, be generous. I realized it’s not important if I get recognized for my achievements; it’s important if someone sees it and is moved and inspired to go out there and be themselves no matter what.