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- December 14, 2009 at 11:28 PM #43160composite1Member
Some time ago, EarlC brought up a post concerning when do you feel you’re successful as a producer? In this discussion of ‘Film Fellas’ Director’s of Photography from feature films, television series and corporate videos discuss their viewpoints on when one feels they’re a success at the business of shooting. I think the discussion applies to both seasoned pros and for those who are venturing out on their first pay shoots.
8:50 is definitely a quote everyone should remember
For me, I think it’s a mixture of all of the choices because none of them stand alone and require some portion of the other for personal success. Now, just what would be the right percentage of each….?
I polled “being happy” but I have to say I kept moving the mouse back-and-forth between that and “being sought after” as my personal signal of satisfaction and success.
Maybe not particularly in order of importance I personally maintain:
Being happy doing it
Being sought after to do it
Being able to pay the bills with it
Being recognized by my peers as good at it
Being able to save a few bucks and putting in a bank that fails shortly thereafter 🙂
“Being Sought After” is what I voted, as it came to mind as my first, “Being happy” would have been my second. The mixture of all four which my mind calculated accordingly put being happy and wanted as the first two.
Maybe I should have put an ‘All the Above’ option in there. The reason I didn’t because at various times in my career. I’ve experienced each option at differing strengths and they all were great and a PIA at the same instant. The only constant was even when things looked to be too difficult or going into the toilet, I was ‘in my element’ kind of like Robert Duvall’s crazy Cavalry Captain in “Apocalypse Now” (“Yeah, one day this war’s going to end….”) Good or Bad I enjoy what I do, though the ‘bad’ part is more fun when talking about it over beers….