First up is Kevin Tancharoen: http://www.imdb.com/name/nm1160495/
How does the director from "Fame" go on to become the next big thing in Action? Kevin started out as many of you did, a fan of something you admire. He wanted to be taken serious to direct action movies, but wanted to prove that he could shoot action first. There's a big difference in Hollywood, when you direct a movie like "Fame" versus a movie like "The Matrix". He took his passion, $7,500 of his own money and breathed new life into the Mortal Kombat franchise. He created Mortal Kombat Rebirth and made something visual for the world to see. Little did he know, it would turn into a complete world wind of AWESOMENESS! He took a RISK, before the original YouTube posting was taken down it generated over 12 million views on YouTube.
Here's Mortal Kombat Rebirth:
Fans thought that this was a trailer or a sneak peak into the new Mortal Kombat movie but that wasn't the case at all, it was a test shoot to prove he could direct the genre of action. After Mortal Kombat Rebirth, Warner Bros. took notice and they offered him a 9 mini web-series on YouTube. The last episode premiered at Comic-Con, resulting in over 50 million views. If you aren't aware, Comic-Con is HUGE and big freaking deal!!! The biggest part of this amazing story is that Warner Bros has green-lit the Mortal Kombat feature with Kevin directing. Filming will start next year in March.
Here's a trailer that captures all 9 episodes:
Congratulations, Kevin you're an inspiration to us all who have dreams and ambitions! What a difference a RISK makes? Hopefully this will help you move into taking those risks that you are leery of taking, you never know what will come from a chance or better yet a risk.