The Miller Brothers – A Thrill Ride of Heartbreak and Redemption

By Gary Houck in Manifesting Dreams on June 19th, 2009 / 2 Comments

So you want to write a book. You envision it setting cozily atop the bestseller lists, reviewed with gusto by Time and the New Yorker, perhaps Esquire or Playboy.

Or perhaps it’s a movie you have in mind. You’re going to write the screenplay, wield the camera, sign a few B-list actors to play the parts and earn a best picture nomination at the Oscars. But wait; you don’t know how to write.

You don’t know anything about lighting, cinematography, make-up, cutting film. You can’t even hold your digital camera straight and steady.

And so you sadly set these dreams – you might even be calling them delusions right now–aside in your mental closet for later dusting, where the light of aspiration cannot reach it. As you did a year ago. Knowing you, you’ll take it out again the next time you’re feeling board, lonely and unfulfilled and then you‘ll do it again until the feeling arises. First, however, let me taunt you because, right now, you’re being shown up by a two twenty-somethings.

Let me introduce you to the duo who will wound your pride, or spur you on to greater glory. Their names are Noah and Logan Miller.

“You probably can’t start any lower in the business than we did,” Noah admits. In fact their early dreams were that of baseball. But after Noah flunked out of college and Logan was released from a short stint in the minors and two surgeries, a friend of theirs offered his apartment in Los Angeles.

But it wasn’t enough to do odd jobs in the big city; they wanted to do something they enjoyed. After all, all the money in the world can lead to misery if you’re stuck at a dead-end job where what you‘re doing is not what you want to do. The brothers decided to write a movie script about their lives; first however, they were aware of the first of possible setbacks an aspiring writer might experience.

“We didn’t read,” says Noah, “and when I say we didn’t read, I mean we didn’t read.” They devoted themselves to the classics, twelve hours at a stretch, then set to work on their script–titled later, Touching Home–which they scrawled on a legal pad. And the completion marked the success of one thing; the burgeoning mountain of rejection letters. But they persisted writing, completing another dozen scripts when they weren’t modeling to pay rent.

And then in early January of 2006, their homeless father died drunk in a prison cell. The last conversation with him had been about the movie. They had made a promise. And all they had to steer them toward their goal was their own ingenuity and determination.

They set out for funding first. They received a grant, which paid for the camera. Then they applied for credit cards, seventeen of them.

And then they set off for the San Francisco Film Festival at the Castro Theater to coerce Ed Harris for the part of their father, Daniel Miller. “I’ve never met anybody like those two guys,” Harris proclaimed.

They hounded him till he agreed and the deal was sealed with a handshake. On union pay. “Look, he was doing it for free,” Logan explains. “That’s like gas money for his big truck from L. A.”

The authors admit they didn’t set out to write a book, only to make a movie, but many who knew them urged them, and the entire process resulted in the creation of Either You’re In or You’re In the Way, and let me assure you, they mean it. “We started writing our tails off and hitting the keys every morning,” Logan describes. “I don’t even remember how it got written.”

But it doesn’t end there, because dreams and creativity never do; they want to start their own entertainment company. “Lucas and Coppola have done it,” Noah points out. And why not them?

Did you observe the process they went through? First, they conceived an aspiration, they dreamed, they thought of something they wanted. (This is where you are at.) Second, they learned the process required that would allow them to achieve what they wanted. Third, applied themselves. And throughout these steps, with determination, they applied their thoughts to it.

Failure was no option and the only possible failure is not trying. If they did not believe they would succeed, they would have never achieved success because they would have given up. You attitude, your emotion does dictate your success.

Too often we believe the notion that if we lose we fail. Our society and political system is set up for our failure, to tell us that we are victims, that we are not masters of our own fate, that we do not create our universe. And so we give up our own personal power because we lack the awareness, that every win and loss, that success and failure depends on us.

The odds were against their success, but that’s the same with everyone. The point is to realize that your odds of success are no smaller than theirs. That you can manifest what they manifested. But as a very wise man once said, “Faith without works is dead.” If you’re not willing to apply your knowledge and effort to your desires, do you really believe? You must be willing to prove your belief at every step.

Now ask yourself about what you’re doing now, Do you feel fulfilled? Do you feel inspiration, life, joy? And why not? Now what about your dream? Do the successes of others in that field inspire you? This didn’t happen accidentally. All of us have our own calling and, once we’ve found it, there is nothing more fulfilling.

So don’t fear failure. Take your dream out of that closet, dust it off.  But don’t stop there. Proceed to step two and start learning, but never forget that anything is only ever as you make it.

Watch the movie trailer: Touching Home

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2 Responses to “The Miller Brothers – A Thrill Ride of Heartbreak and Redemption”

  1. Michael L. Yergin Says:

    I wrote my first book forty years ago when I was 19. everybody told me that I couldn’t just a write a book. But I was too stupid to know that I couldn’t-so I did it anyway. My recent book Megamorphosis- How to be Happier Right Now- I decided was going to become a best seller.
    Everybody has said ,how did you know it would be a best seller? I didn’t . But whatever the mind can conceive it can achieve.

  2. Jonathan Lockwood Says:

    I loved this article about the Miller brothers. It’s inspired me enormously. Thank you@

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