Thursday, January 18, 2007

Yesterday. All my troubles seemed arrive in one big stinking lorry load.

Mother warned me there'd be days like these.

My agents rang to tell me what they thought was a shoe in meeting with a show has suddenly turned into a 'can we see a sample of his work' As I'd already been recommended by a producer and script editor on the show, that is not a good sign and at the very least delays things by weeks if not months.

On another show where I figured I was due, and counting on, a commission, they didn't commission me. Porridge and old clothes for the rest of the month.

An acceptance fee on a script never materialised. They have accepted up to the script before mine. More delays.

A repeat fee I though was due this week will now probably not come until February. My fault, I got my dates mixed up.

A project of mine I had high hopes for was finally passed on. As usual by the very last guy in the chain.

It was getting so I was scared to answer the phone in case it was that guy from 'Scream'

So not a day I'll be remembering fondly. But nobody died. There is a huge difference between rejection and dejection.

Most of the rejections a writer gets have little or no bearing towards their actual writing talent. It just comes with the territory. It shouldn't ever cause dejection if you want a career in this game.

Dejection comes with frustration. Annoyance is better than frustration. So get annoyed, say 'Fuck 'em if they can't take a joke' and move on.

Find another contact.
Finish that script.
Come up with a new idea.
Watch a DVD box set.

But try not to get frustrated or doubt your talent.


Good Dog said...

Oh man, that's not what you want backing up to the front door. I hope you don't have another day like that for a long, long time, or ever again.

But when it comes to days like these, I like your move on list. Although I start with 'watch a DVD box set'.

Hope tomorrow's better.

English Dave said...

Cheers GD!

I tend to start with the box set too.

It's all swings and roundabouts really.

In one call today I'm told that an actress has suddenly quit, meaning re-writing all her scenes in a script I thought was long dead.

In another my agents call to say another show wants to meet. And a dev exec at another prodco wants a chat.

And I'll charge a rebrief for the re-write!

mark g said...

I'm coming to suspect there's a synchronous link between bus frequency and the stomach-jolting yes/no calls that punctuate a writer's life. You wait for months for one to come along, and then...

Fuck 'em.

Piers said...

What a dog's arse of a day.


wcdixon said...

"That guy from Scream..." Lol.

Sorry it goes.