Thursday, May 03, 2012


My friend got evicted.

Not from his home. Don't worry, he still has somewhere to sleep.

From his film production studio space.

It wasn't his fault.

The studio was a VERY large space, controlled by one supreme overlord who rented it from a landlord.

Within the space were an eclectic mix of web designers, promo makers, music producers and so on.

Unfortunately, while the group was certainly talented, there was not much happening in the way of cash flow.


But they still wanted a safety blanket in the form of a "studio".

What do I mean by a safety blanket?

For anyone pursuing a career independently, which covers a lot of entertainment professionals, there is a lingering uncertainty in not having the traditional career path.

A 'career path', for you realists out there, is a psychological safety blanket. It doesn't really exist, but it certainly makes a person feel better if they are suffering through an awful job or a career setback.

"It's OK, I'm on the right career path", they say.

The only reason the illusion of a career path exists, is because there are actual employers out there to feed the myth.

In the film, TV or media industries, this is not really the case. The employers exist, but you are cast as one of a million plebians trying to get in, and the walls are allegedly VERY high.

The truth is that there are many ways to get in. But they are not as clear and uniform as most industries.

And, for some people, this uncertainty is too much to bear, so they will latch onto something that makes the whole endeavour feel "real". Something that feels like it is on the "right career path".

Like an indie film studio.

Except that, unless the studio is really producing and selling content, even on a low emerging level, it is not really on any path at all.

So the whole thing folded.

But I don't think this is a bad thing.

There is a reason many businesses start small and build up.

It's called 'overheads'. The cost of running a business.

Running a small business may be a dent to your ego, but it also makes you lean enough to grow at a sustainable rate.

In this case, the studio overlord jumped in too deep, starting a studio when he should have just had a desk.

My friend has no safety blanket any more.

It's scary.

But that fear breeds creativity.

Creativity gives him a better chance at success than the safety blanket ever did.

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