Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Two Sides Of Stubborn

Emily over at Bamboo Killers will probably kill me for this, but you need to go over and read her new blog entry...

Bamboo Killers - Making A New Me

It is a great lesson in *screenwriting* even though it's all about her adventures as a high school teacher. One of the good things and bad things about most of us trying to make a living putting words in actor's mouths is that we're stubborn. That is a great character trait when everyone is telling us we'll never make it in this business - we stick with it. But also can be a problem when we hit a hurdle we can't make it over, and keep trying to do it the same way again and again and it doesn't work.

The great W. C. Fields said, "If at first you don't succeed, try, try again. Then quit. No use being a damn fool about it."

But Emily has the better solution - if what you are doing isn't working, try doing something else. We all stick by our guns and resist changing... but changing is often the way we solve our problems. Great to be stubborn and stick it out when everyone tells you that you don't have a chance in hell, but not great to be stubborn when your method isn't working. Time to back up, look at what you are doing and see if there is a better way... even if that better way may be something you don't like. Like the kids in Emily's class who hate doing school work, the road to success isn't only doing what you like doing, it's doing what will be best for you in the long run. Sometimes you won't like doing it, but it's what has to be done.

- Bill

TODAY'S SCRIPT TIP: Doing That Indie Thing which was a new tip last year at this time..
Yesterday’s Dinner: brown bagged it on my bike.
Pages: Finished and turned in the rewrite on the remake project, now writing some new tips and working on this country western bar spec.
Bicycle: After three weeks of not riding over the holidays plus a week of iffy weather when I returned, I rode to Eric's store opening... then we had a week of rain... and I rode yesterday and have sore legs today. So, I'm back on the bike today - doing a subway/bike excursion into Hollywood for a ScreamFest mixer.

Another one of my movies attacks England...

UK's M4M - Wednesday 28th - 10:45 - Black Thunder -When the world's most powerful stealth jet fighter falls into enemy hands, only one man can get it back. Starring Michael Dudikoff.

You have been warned.

1 comment:

Emily Blake said...

Wow thanks. I guess I learned that regardless of your standards and principles, in the end you have to do what works.

I had a sub today and they were good for him too.

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