• Sean LaFollette

Nobody Will Love Your Art As Much As You Do


Sean LaFollette Editing The Film What About Molly?
Editing 'What About Molly?'

Art...We all love it. Movies, music, books, photos, paintings and stage performances to name a few. I believe we all have the artistic itch that someday wants to be scratched. Some decide to scratch it and others never will. I don’t know about you, but I can’t just let it itch forever.


Jumping into art is a courageous endeavor as you do open yourself up to scrutiny. Not only publicly, but privately as well. What do I mean? I’m talking about sitting with your own thoughts on the art you created. Will you love it? Will there be hate? Are you willing to try again or did the itch go away and it’s time to move on?


As you all know, I have recently scratched my own itch back in 2020. With the creation of ‘What About Molly?’, I have once again left myself open to public and private judgement. This seems to be obvious as I stated above, but what I’m also experiencing currently is a sense of loss, which nobody talks about and nothing will prepare you for.


After the completion of a film, the team splits up and everyone goes their own way. You’re left with nothing more than memories and nostalgia. In my case, this happens as soon as filming has completed. I sit alone, edit and build the film to completion. This is the sense of loss I’m referring to.


SENSE OF LOSS

Social media can be damaging. As I sit editing my film, I’m watching as my cast posts about the other projects they’re working on and it’s tough to see. You get this small sense that they don’t care about your film any longer and they have completely moved on, like an ex after a break up. This of course isn’t the case, but it’s the feeling you WILL get.


The reason I bring this up is two fold. First, because it’s not true and I wanted to point that out. Obviously, your cast and crew have passion for your project and they want it to be a success as much as you do. Everyone has to move on at some point, so don’t be offended when they do so before yourself.. Secondly, it’s important to remember that nobody will love your film as much as you do.


It’s a fact and one you MUST remember. You are going to create, produce and distribute your art, you’re going to be your biggest supporter and you need to be. As I stated, artistic endeavors can be very lonely and supporting yourself can keep your head up and you moving forward towards your dreams.


Along with a sense of loss, you’re going to find one more thing that nobody talks about. You’re going to find new supporters. New believers in your art, but not for the same reasons as yourself.


DISTRIBUTION

That’s right, I’m talking about distribution. Someone will come across your art, they will like it enough to want to distribute and you will get this new sense that somebody cares. It’s a good feeling to have and these distributors may love your film, but for very different reasons than yourself.


Money...It makes the world go round. At the end of the day, the purpose of a distributor is to make your art as readily available as possible, to the public, so they can sell it and make a profit. This is a cold fact and remains true in ALL cases.


Is your distribution channel Instagram? Do you simply post photos and that's your art? Instagram is a business. Without you posting photos, you don’t have followers to gaze upon their beauty. Without the followers, Instagram cannot sell targeted ads. Without ads, there is no revenue and thus there is no Instagram.


Again, nobody is going to love your art as much as you do and it’s an important fact to remember.


CONCLUSION

Write, create, post, share and love. Art is beautiful and something everyone should at least dabble in at some point in their lives. Be brave, take a chance and share your talents with the world. Or at least your group of friends.


As you venture into your artistic life, love yourself and your projects as much as possible. Make it a point to love it more than anyone else will. People feed off passion. If you create with passion, the love will flow through the work eventually touching someone, leaving them loving it as much as you do.


- The Failed Filmmaker

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