Fifteen years ago, Cameron Crowe created magic with the now cult-classic, Almost Famous. The semi-autobiographical film tells the coming-of-age story of 15 year-old William Miller as he tours with rock band Stillwater. On this journey, he learns the harsh realities of love and the cost of your dreams coming true. However, through it all, Crowe paints a perfect picture of the rock-and-roll universe of the early 1970’s. With charismatic characters, an amazing soundtrack and memorable dialogue, Crowe has created a movie that has resonated with many over the last decade and a half.
I consider myself one of those many as this film has become my all-time favorite. Every time I watch Almost Famous, I am left with an overwhelming urge to do something creative and meaningful with my life. While, I am unsure of what exactly that is, this story lets me know that success is possible to achieve. Every time the credits roll, I’m left with a feeling of hopefulness. I am also left with the need to create something that leaves an effect on someone’s life, the way Almost Famous has with mine.
Though I have been underwhelmed with Crowe’s recent films, especially this summer’s Aloha which left me very disappointed, I still regard him as one of my idols. Almost Famous opened my eyes to incredible music, such as Led Zeppelin and Peter Frampton. Most importantly, it gave me the courage to become a writer. Before seeing this film, I had next to no interest in journalism. Now, I live and breathe the written word and have this movie to thank.
As my collegiate career comes to a close, I’m constantly dealing with the nagging question of “What’s next?” It is difficult to know at a young age how to spend the rest of your life. While I could easily fall into a cookie-cutter job that in no way challenges me creatively, I need to remind myself that there are careers out there that can allow for excitement. After re-watching Famous for the millionth time, I was reminded that it is okay to go off of the beaten path in order to find what you love.