Special effects and stars do not necessarily a good movie make.
The film industry sees the writer as fungible: The thinking goes, As long as we have Brad Pitt and all this money, we have a great film! No, you need a writer with voice and an engaging story, or what you have is a bomb.
It doesn't matter if you're the smartest person in the room: If you're not someone who people want to be around, you won't get far. Likewise for helping those in line behind you. I take seriously my role as a mentor to young female filmmakers—I make sure my time is tithed.
We all have a calling.
Everyone is given one gift, a reason for being, and it's our obligation to do something with it. Obviously, it's a challenge—but if you're not taking the bull by the horns, I have no patience for you. You're just taking up space.
Hell, yes, there's a double standard in Hollywood.
You could produce a ridiculous action flick for 13-year-old boys, and critics will say, "Oh, it's just an action flick." But the vitriol directed toward Twilight
is astounding. It may not be Doctor Zhivago, but I think some critics call it stupid and frivolous not because it's inherently bad but because it's made for girls.
Frustration is my motivation.
When I'm stuck in my writing
, the world is amiss. If I'm eating a sandwich, it's an unsettled sandwich. If I'm in the shower, it's an incorrect shower. It's profoundly uncomfortable. But it's what keeps me pushing.
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