Life is full of disappointments. People in particular can be very disappointing. Their motives are often completely unclear and their missing the value you have brought to them over the years is just stupefying. It’s a pity, but true more often than anyone wants to admit.

In the film industry, this happens all the time. Back-stabbing and lack of support and allowing yourself to be happily taken advantage of only to find that you are on the other side of a closed door after going those extra miles.

Recently, this happened to me. For no good reason. At all.

Well, don’t worry about it. I know, how can you not worry about not being respected? And you’re thinking “all that time I gave to this cause or this event or this person…” When you know damn well that you could have been supported without taking anything away from anyone else because there is room for everyone if people want to make the room – don’t get sad like I am now…get annoyed…I’m working my way to that point currently. It’s slow and I don’t have enough wine in me…yet. Say, as Sweet Charity says when she wakes up in the park and without a job, a man or a home, “good morning.” and welcome the new day. Accept the flower from the innocent flower person who doesn’t know you, but believes in you more than the pretenders of the world. And also, don’t talk to those other people anymore. You have nothing to prove to them. They don’t respect you. They are “takers” to quote Miss Kubelik in “The Apartment”.

Once you do that or even if you can’t get to that point, post something positive to your Facebook page. Slowly “@” everyone you know. See how many of your “friends” like it. See the people that rise to support you and soon those other people will be specs in the distance. Laugh when you see the people who rejected you and your work “like” your post as well. What are they insane? You rejected me, but now you “like” my exciting post. How terribly ironic. HA HA – vomit.

And, above all, learn damn it. Learn that you should not be helping people or going out of your way for people who have not proven they deserve it. Many people do deserve it. They are loyal. Find those people. Find those groups of people you can join who believe in you no matter what. They are there as well. Then, those other people will shrink in the distance because they don’t have good people like you to hold them up. We create our own monsters. We mustn’t continue to do that. Artists must not let themselves be used. Artists and honestly humanity can only thrive with people who support them and not those who pretend to do so.



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