What is your obsession? Are you driven to succeed because of that obsession or are you just trying to get through the day?
Rock Prophecies is a documentary following rock photographer Robert Knight as he presents his archive of imagery ranging from Jimi Hendrix to Panic at the Disco, chronicles his relationship with Guitar Center, and his attempt to discover new artists before anyone else.
Great interviews reveal not only Knight’s obsession with creating memorable images, but his desire to be a part of a community. At one point he says that it matters more what the artists think of him, then the art itself.
As I watch the documentary, I can’t help but feel the obsession that Knight has for music and creating great photos. Steve Vai, guitar virtuoso, had this to say about the life of the creative person: “If you’re really a creative person, you just have no choice but to keep trying to make yourself happy.” I see Knight in this documentary as continually trying to make himself happy, and he is loving every minute of it.
Why? Because music is his obsession. However, Knight reveals a greater motivation early in the film: “The minute you stop reaching, you will be irrelevant.”
Obsession pushes you. It motivates you. It causes you to reach for the stars regardless of the opinion of others. And without obsession, you face the brutal reality of irrelevance.