I posted this over a year ago – calling for more civil interactions on a main board of a free membership artists peer review website…
There is something very real that I would like to share about myself and http://www.zoetrope.com (a peer review site for screenwriters – but also other film related artists as well)
I’ve been a member for I don’t know how long and I’ve read enough scripts that the last time I looked, last year, I was still in the top 10 readers in screenplays and I don’t remember what year I last reviewed anyone’s scripts so I expect that there’s a lot of people who have no clue who I am and those who do, have no idea of what I’ve become post abyss
Well, actually a top 10 reviewer by numbers in a lot of the buildings here that I very well may be the person who’s reviewed more material than anyone. I might not, depends on how you count. Doesn’t matter.
I know how rough these board can be, and I am capable as anyone of being venomous.
But here’s what I know. It’s a cut-throat’s world anywhere you care to look.
But that doesn’t mean that we have to be that way to each other – especially not when any of us reach out with vulnerability – because that’s what posting a logline is.
Heck even asking the eternal brad question is apparently cause for a flame war.
There are no honestly asked stupid questions. So save the venom for the dishonest people who deserve it.
If naivete annoys you, ignore it. It doesn’t cost you anything.
Maybe if you stopped feeling so bad about other people, you could feel better about yourself instead of feeling bad feelings all the time. No sense stewing yourself in your own hormonal juices for nothing.
Let the little shit that doesn’t have to bother you, just not bother you.
Save it for the things you can influence, and spare up the runtime for figuring out positive and passionate ways to bring about the changes that would make you happy more