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Tuesday, December 18, 2007

A dear friend of mine writes:
My little teen comedy was set up with a company with independent financing (always uncertain, of course) supposedly to start pre-production in February. Well, we shall see. I'm jaded enough not to get excited till the cameras start rolling. And even then...
Here is a small secret of mine to surviving showbiz: celebrate your victories as they come. Showbiz is risky as hell. You never know for sure that you're going to be shooting until you're on set. And even then the financing can fall apart at the last minute.

If you wait until the film is in theaters, you'll be too exhausted to celebrate anything.

I used to get excited about things. Then I got jaded, and I never got excited about anything. An agent is reading a script, good, but what if they reject it? I'm going out with a spec, good, but what if no one says yes? My movie's in prep, great, but what if the financing falls through? What if I get dicked out of credit? What if what if what if?

Now I just buy myself a nice bottle of wine whenever I have an excuse to. (Don't worry, this works out to at most a couple bottles of wine a month, in a good month.)

My attitude is: celebrate good news when it comes, even if it is tentative, shaky good news. Because you'll mourn the defeats as they come, so why not enjoy the victories?

Oh, and, make sure your friends celebrate their victories. Don't be all Gore Vidal about it.

What victories can you celebrate this Chrismukkah season?

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After 12 painfully frustrating years, I can celebrate the fact the The Black Tower project is finally coming to life as a comic book series -- with signed contracts and money exchanging hands and everything! Of course, the greatest gift is the talent that has signed or wants to sign on to the project. We're talking about folks who write/wrote for Buffy, Angel, Stargate, X-Files, Star Trek, Blood Ties, Smallville, Supernatural -- even Heroes!

Happy New Year!


By Blogger Kelly J. Compeau, at 12:39 PM  

a nice bottle of wine, eh ? Here's a suggestion -:

try the MIKE WEIR cab. 22 bucks. Surprisingly good.

By Blogger The Book of Don, at 9:43 AM  

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