Let’s face it. This is a business of severe ups and downs, and given our druthers, we all prefer the ups.
But it doesn’t always work out that way, hence the downs. Which also significantly outnumber the ups. By a lot.
Who among us doesn’t have a story where something seemed like a sure thing, and you’re thinking “This is it! My big break is just around the corner!”, only to find out that that break is actually forty blocks away, there’s a transit strike and the Indian food you had for lunch is drop-kicking your lower digestive tract?
Yep, been there.
But I’ve also been fortunate to have had a pretty good share of ups.
Some moderate contest success. Management come and gone. The ultimate goal getting a little closer each time, always seemingly just out of reach with no sign of changing.
Used to be I would get all upset and distraught, and filled with self-doubt.
I’ve become that dangerous combo of talented, patient and determined.
My writing’s improved, so I’m very confident about the quality of my scripts and the skills I’ve developed to get here. My scripts may not be the absolute best, but if anything, they’re damned entertaining.
There are going to be bad days. There are going to be shitty days. Accept it.
But there will also be good days. There may even be phenomenal days. Days where you feel invincible and unstoppable. These will be few and far between, so enjoy them. Hold onto that feeling and feed off it for as long as you can. It’s definitely not easy to maintain a positive attitude, especially when everything around you feels so negative.
This is just part of the neverending obstacle course we all have to work our way through. At first, it seems impossible, but the more you do it, you’ll find it gets a little easier each time after that.
Surf’s up, chums.