This sentiment comes from my buddy, Joe White, and he is 100% correct.
It took Joe’s email to rouse me out of my post-travel haze and into realizing that all the rumors have become fact.
The 2007-2008 WGA strike is over and thanks to the hard work of all involved, major concesssions have been fought for and won. Instead of dwelling on the pros and cons of the outcome, I choose to simply be relieved that we are in business again. As you know, I am a “Thank God It’s Monday” kinda guy. So this week’s news means one thing for sure:
We can get on with writing and selling our scripts!
I know a lot of you are like me and have been waiting patiently to get back to work. And this time-out has given us all a chance to reflect on the changing nature of our business.
But what the strike proved to me, and what this last 100 days has really been about, is revealing something we already kind of knew: It is the entrepreneurs who will succeed.
What’s that, you say?
Yes. It’s true.
To me, the biggest thing the strike will be remembered for is how many writers discovered they can keep their own copyright to produce and launch their own Internet content. Because that’s what many of them did during the strike. Whether it was a short film, limited series, or a “Why We Write” manifesto, many writers found they can control their work better if they do it themselves. And it isn’t as hard to do as they thought.
And the strike revealed that while the current networks and studios are very definitely still our prime target, we must be on our toes and always seek new ways to get our stuff sold and made. The world is changing rapidly and we must change with it.
And be delighted! And inspired! And excited by all that that entails!
I say it all the time, I’ll say it again: There are more opportunities for writers now than there have ever been in history!
This now also includes more business opportunities for smart writers who have enough confidence in their material to know the value of what they have.
You, the writer reading this blog, are the one who must control your own destiny. You cannot rely on anyone else to do it for you. The trick is to know the value of what you offer and to be supported by others who know the same. And how do we do that? By being confident in the basics!
Extraordinary idea. Extraordinary story. Extraordinary execution.
To say “It starts on the page” is not enough. We must know in our hearts the amazing value of what we do and cling to it despite every naysayer and obstacle-thrower who stands between us and the recognition we deserve.
And we must seek out others like ourselves — positive, talented, eager to learn and eager to succeed — to support us.
It starts with you. The heroes, as I say in class, are those who “dig deep” and have faith. And faith is nothing but belief in outcomes we have seen proven time and again.
I believe in you, your talent, your desire to improve, to seek solutions, and to win! And I believe in the amazing possibilities of our world where thoughts truly become things.
Given all that we have before us, all the chances for success and opportunities for growth, is there any other reaction for us to have but to smile?
So let’s get back to our business, the business of creativity. And let’s never forget the power of our special gift.