John Cameron Mitchell gave a particularly fabulous and inspiring speech this weekend upon accepting his Outfest Achievement Award (or “I’m Having a Mid-Life Crisis Award,” as he called it, also referencing his recent Honorary Tony).
“People who’ve won this are my heroes and people who I was looking up to in the early 90s when I was thinking of becoming a director,” Mitchell said. “Todd Haynes, Gus Van Sant, John Waters, Christine Vachon – who were models of how to do things.”
Mitchell gave strong advice to the many among us who look up to Mitchell as a model of how they want to do things.
“If you go for the money first and try to think of what other people want to see, you change your original inspiration and perhaps put out something that’s less original and less personal and maybe less satisfying,” he said. “It might possibly make more money, but that’s a different issue.”