Here I am, at a Hollywood hot spot, post $35 blow out, sporting my “Kelsey” (apparently named after a celebrity I know not) manicure, drinking a glass of $15 Pinot Grigio.
All this Hollywood glamour brings only one thing to mind, “Pretentious!”
Sitting at Sunset and Vine I’m eavesdropping on some would-be-perhaps-is “Film Guy” pontificate to his latest Twink (said with respect for the poor guy who is this D-Bag’s self-proclaimed dinner companion) on the filmography of Robin Williams, juxtaposed against a Director’s work who apparently can’t finish a project.
Really? We must glorify a man pressed so far he surrenders against an artist who can’t meet deadlines?
Now, before you think I’m soft and permissive, I will clarify: I believe that if one accepts a position, for pay, regardless of their craft, one should deliver on promises.
Did you see any clarification, caveats, or exceptions there? No! Because I make none.
That is the difference between an amateur (hobbyist/volunteer) and a professional (one who pursues a field for pay). The quality of that output (in artistic fields, according to me) is the difference between adequate, good, and great, which may be the difference between prolific and prosaic.
None of which has any impact on anything except for my judgment of a person, in general. But, I do feel heartfelt sympathy for anyone who takes their own life …. can you imagine the despair? I am sure you can.
We have all known someone who has succumbed in some way to severe depression.
And, in a roundabout way, what I’m saying is: Try not to judge Holly-whites against the accomplishments of their peers. We know not the degree of difficulty they are managing. But, if you are going to pass judgment, do so based on an artist’s quality completion rate measured relative to quantity.
Hell, even porn stars can complete 10 films a year, and nobody is nominating them for an Emmy!