I have Iris Coloboma, I am partially sighted, and blind in my right eye. The picture left represents me. I can get to where I want to go even if I do it with less. Beneath it all, I am a produced screenwriter with the ability to use his own tools. I get to do it with less! Across Hollywood, there are tons of folks that have to push against the tides. I will work double time to get creative work out there.
I was once asked in a corporate environment "How long will your blind condition last?" I chuckled and said "Last time I looked, I was born with it." Having a disability for me is not a badge of honor. It is my drive! It is my dogged determination. It is my Phd. You mean you have a doctorate Mario? No! I have my pig headed determination. Part of creativity is creative solutions, and finding ways to over come barriers such as a disability.
It is never about what I can't do. So many folks are quick to look at someone with a disability and say a remark of "What's wrong with him." I often say in retort "Why don't you ask what's right with him." Why don't you look at what he can do? I hope that more and more disabled people can explode way past their limitations and be so good that an able bodied person can't catch up. Yes! There are tons of folks who have a disability, and they get outstanding results beyond the average able bodied folks.
Underneath our personality some disabilities are not even visible. This article goes out to the folks who have disabilities and want to enter Hollywood. Keep going! Beat on your skills! Work day a night for it! Push past it all and become so proficient that we can leave those producers and directors out there completely jaw dropped. This is not bragging rights! This is not a badge of honor! This is not a crutch!
This is a reminder that we can achieve above average results. Be unlimited on the inside! Be the growth mindset and achieve everything you can be! Let no one keep you down! Let no one stop you! Let no one tell you what you can and can't do! Go for it! Go for it with all your might! So even the oars man get there with one oar! When you master the oar? Make sure that those skills splash people out of the water! As a partially sighted screenwriter, I will beat on my creative drum till that sound awakens Hollywood. Oh and by the way? I will break down the doors of Hollywood.