You know how they say you’ve got to endure a whole lot of ‘no’s until you get that single magical ‘yes’?
Well, another ‘no’ was added to the pile this week in the form of a “Pass” rating from an industry professional regarding my western spec. And to make it that much better, the “Pass” was applied to both script and writer. Apparently my skills didn’t pass muster, either.
They didn’t have many positive things to say, and I’m not going to say their comments were right or wrong. There may be a lot of helpful info in their coverage, but in the end it’s just their opinion.
A few people offered up a similar reaction: This is ONE PERSON’s opinion. People will always find fault with your work. The next person may think it’s great. Keep trying. Don’t give up.
Point is: you never become completely immune to criticism.
Was I being a little delusional in my hopes that they’d really like it? I knew they wouldn’t claim it was the best script ever, but even a “Hey, this has potential” would have been nice.
Was I laboring under some false sense of optimism? Was I letting my excitement and enthusiasm get in the way of being totally objective?
Even more so, despite reassurances from friends and trusted colleagues, have I been fooling myself all this time in thinking I actually have talent?
How could anyone in this situation not think along these lines?
Let’s consider my confidence shaken and definitely weakened, but not totally gone. It still stings a bit, but I’ll survive.
And almost as if exactly on cue, later in the day came these two totally unsolicited comments from online connections:
“With the credibility you have with contest wins and that fabulous blog, I’m astonished you’re unproduced.”
“I wanted to say a big fat THANK YOU for your comments on my script! I couldn’t have done it without you. THANKS AGAIN!”
Maybe there’s hope for me yet.