Thursday, July 06, 2006

John August and Rejection

We have all faced rejection. Screen writers face it all the time. John August, credited with movies such as: Charlie Angel’s, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Big Fish, and Corpse Bride, talks about how he deals with rejection in a recent blog entry. The following excerpt is from his own website He starts out answering a question from a fellow screenwriter:

[When you were starting out, how did you deal with rejection? Also, what advice can you give on the proper way to send out your work?
–Alan Wojcik]

I dealt with rejection the same way I deal with it now: vodka.

No, but seriously. The truth is, a screenwriter is going to face rejection over and over again, and not just at the beginning of his career. There will always be a job you wanted and didn’t get, or a snub you didn’t see coming. Eventually, you learn that you can’t depend on strangers for validation.
At least, one day I hope to learn that…..

John August, who has acquired degrees from Drake University and the Peter Stark Program in the School of Cinema-Television at the University of Southern California is also an advice columnist for screenwriters on
IMDB. He will be attending the Austin Film Festival as a panelist in October. For a chance to meet John August visit the Austin Film Festival main web site and register for the Conference.

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