I honestly think people forget that the church and state are supposed to be separate. Give me one non-religious reason against same sex marriage. One non-religious reason against stem cell research. One non-religious reason against safe abortions. Go ahead.
I saw one of your asks that said you used to be in film (or still are idk)? and I was just wondering as someone who is interested in being a director/producer and I just want to get your opinion on some of the work. Whats the hardships, have you ever directed, all that jazz.
EVERYONE BE MY WITNESS. THEY ASKED ME. WILLINGLY. I can’t be held responsible for any reaction my answer might cause 8)
In the interest of full disclosure, yes, I still work in film — TV, more like. I’m a screenwriter. I have worked as a producer’s assistant and executive assistant in a production company for four years.
First of all, the one thing I will tell you is this — you don’t need an expensive film school to get in the business. Don’t drown yourself in debt for it because the only thing you get out of it is a piece of paper and, if it’s a really good school, some help from the Alumni network, but really, it’s not what makes the difference.
You need to be in either LA or NYC to start out. Or, if you live in Europe, London is one of the most central places to go to in terms of production. Go to a community college, or a mid-level college, then start looking for internships. Do as many internships as you can— many places will offer them only in exchange for school credit, so be prepared to go to work grueling hours for free. Another way to start is the mailroom at a big agency (CAA, WME, ICM) but usually you start that path once you’ve already got your degree. That is a terrible year, but you learn a lot, network a lot, and eventually forge ties with the people that will help you further your career. Always be nice to the assistants, always. ALWAYS. They will be your ace in the hole.
Go to work with a no-job-is-too small attitude. Develop the thickest skin you possibly can. Learn that everyone is a douche and it’s not personal, don’t take anything personally, let it roll off your back, try and pick your battles, and remember it’s a temporary situation. Eventually, when you have enough internships under your belt, you can try and apply for an assistant’s job or a PA job.
If you want to be a producer/director, the agency route might not be the best way, but producer’s assistants job often aren’t given to people who just have internships experience, so you will need to keep your options open. Also, it will take you at least two years there, learning how to get insulted on a daily basis by your boss (an agent or manager) without flinching, before you can think of going into being a producer’s assistant, and being at an agency helps you do that.
If you want to work on set specifically - which if you want to be a director/producer, seems sensible - learn if you can work on set. I have found out that I can’t. I like it for a week, three, tops. Then I want to die, I want to murder everyone, and I yearn to get back to my regular sleep cycle. Working on sets for shorts, student films and the likes for free is a fantastic training ground. Learn as many different skills as you can, so that you can fill more than one position on set. That experience will eventually help you get on set internships and/or PA jobs. Consult production weekly, see what’s filming in your area, send your resume, offer to work for free.
Here’s the other thing. Be prepared to do at least 3-5 years of bitch work. Everyone’s career is different, obviously, and you can fast-track it if you’re lucky, but don’t expect it to happen overnight. Remember that the industry is small, people talk, and don’t burn bridges. Be nice. I can’t stress this enough — if you’re a dick, doesn’t matter how talented you are, people will not hire you. And reputation sticks.
Don’t give up on your creativity during the bitch work era, either. That’s a dangerous thing that will inevitably happen, and it will hurt your soul. Try and get together your fellow bitch-workers, grab a camera, open a youtube channel, keep working on your craft, learn, learn, learn. You can’t be a director or a producer if you don’t know your way around a camera, how much it costs to rent equipment, to rent a location, what the unions are, how they work, what the teamsters do, and why they are essential. And unfortunately, you don’t learn that in film school—you learn that on set, you learn that on the job, during your internships. But, because it’s film and it’s the circle of life you can’t get an internship without some months of film school under your belt. Don’t let the dickheads you will INEVITABLY find in film school ruin it for you. Remember it is temporary and you will need to deal with a lot more dickheads in the future so consider it practice.
When you get out in the world, in the Industry as we call it, surround yourself with people more talented than you. Learn all you can from them, forge your own crew, help each other out. Don’t buy into the whole 'oh em gee hollywood is so ~fake' trope — because it’s a crock of bullshit. It’s actually a pet peeve of mine. There are fake people everywhere, but it’s up to you to avoid them. Like everywhere else in life. And frankly, the actual industry workers (not the Hervey Wensteins of the world) are the most honest, hard-working, no-bullshit people I’ve ever met.
Last but not least: film is hard work. Hard, intense, soul sucking work. It’s not something you just do for fun or try on for a bit; it’s competitive and hard and exhausting and dirty and frustrating, and only those who commit 100% and who have the guts and the willpower to stick around make it. DONT TRY THIS AT HOME, KIDS.
“And you tried to change, didn’t you? Closed your mouth more. Tried to be softer, prettier, less volatile, less awake… You can’t make homes out of human beings. Someone should have already told you that. And if he wants to leave, then let him leave. You are terrifying, and strange, and beautiful. Something not everyone knows how to love.”—Warsan Shire, For Women Who Are Difficult To Love (via apinilips)
I was just on your blog and like a week ago someone said you're anti-sj. if you're anti-sj, what are you pro? (this is a legitimate question).
Anti-sj is kind of a term that sounds more extreme than it is and probably also doesn’t cover what most anti-sj blogs or people that agree with it are about.
We’re not anti social justice, or against help and equality or anything like that. We’re anti the aggressive counterproductive “pseudo helping” attitude that sometimes runs rampant on tumblr under the guise of social justice. It just became kind of easy to call the people against that anti-sj and most blogs ran with it.
So for the record, I’m not against social justice itself, I’m against the toxic and stupid tumblr brand. Let’s see if I can find a few examples real quick.
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Or that time that people running a blog all about how white people food is shit and stupid accidentally made fun of asian food on there and quickly apologized because you can’t insult asian food it was only garbage if it was white.
Or that time death treats were sent towards a innocent tumblr blogger who posted a photo of herself in a kimono because she was “culturally appropriating” despite if being a gift from her host family abroad.
Or that time that there was a news report about the death of a white 9 year old boy over racial bullying and people responded with “cry more white tears”
Or every single time when someone claims to be offended and it’s used as a excuse to bully or threaten everyone who opposes them. And then saying that you are silencing and tone policing if people object to hostile bullying behavior.
Or absolutely annihilating anyone over something offensive they’ve said in the past and deeming people problematic and trash because god nobody ever makes a mistake or says something wrong ever in their lives, right?
Basically the toxic attitude that isn’t helping anyone and has driven people away from good causes. No room for debate, questioning things isn’t allowed. Hiding behind social justice as a shield of immunity in general and abusing that. Seeking problems behind everything and using it as an excuse for abuse, aggression, restricting and bullying.
So, maybe we’re the
generation of the selfie,
but we’re also the generation
that grew up in a tainted,
with every impossible beauty standard
shoved down our throat
through a tube
because eating has become
a guilty pleasure
and condemning beauty ideals
won’t go straight to our thighs.
And if, by chance,
we are able to destroy the
demons that you’ve planted
inside of us with your
constant advertisements and rules
that play behind our eyelids and
take root in our brains,
then let us take our fucking pictures
and capture that moment when
we felt beautiful because all this world
has taught us is that
our beauty is the greatest
measure of our worth.
Scoff at our phones all you like,
these delicate extensions of
our fingers, but know that
through this technology
that you couldn’t even
begin to understand,
we have smudged the entire
world with our fingerprints.
We are the generation of knowledge,
and we are learning more than
any that came before us.
So, frown at my typing fingers;
I am using them to grasp power
by the throat.
Try to invalidate us,
but we’ve heard our
parents talking about
the world’s crashing and burning
since we had sprung from the womb.
We know you’ve fucked up,
and we’re angry about it-
the kind of anger that
that I feel in my veins every time
I read the news from my phone
that sticks in my throat like honey
in a debate;
the kind of anger that simmers,
that sharpens teeth into daggers,
that makes this generation more dangerous
than you could have ever imagined.
We are the generation of change,
and goddammit, we’re coming.
”—Emily Palermo, An Open Letter to the Men Who Told Me to Stay Out of Adult Conversations (via starredsoul)