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Dance-tress Acting Up: Producing your own projects



Producing my own projects has been some of the greatest accomplishments I've achieved in a very long time. Being in charge on my own set is empowering. Editing how I want, is incredibly entertaining. Seeing the finished project is rewarding beyond words. You have a completed finish project to present and show. You did it, what an accomplishment! But it isn't always as easy as 1, 2, 3.

It is very tiring. Everything is on YOU, especially if you enlist other people to help you either in front or behind the camera. If you don't finish the project, then not only have you wasted everyones time, but those people most likely will not be willing to help you again. Why should they? They got nothing out of it, and unfortunately, I am still at the level where I can't pay anybody. If they take the time to be on your set, that is time they could potentially be making money elsewhere. So, be efficient and understanding.


Now that you have a finished product that you're proud of, you can't wait to show the world. You have spent countless hours producing, writing, editing and you can't wait for everyone to see it. It should definitely go viral, because according to you, it is AMAZING. But, that isn't always the case.

It is really, really, really hard to rack up the views (unless you have a following. I do not). Therefore, it can become discouraging very quickly. I wouldn't be surprised if half of the views on my video are from me refreshing the browser over and over.

People are busy. Not everybody goes on social media often enough to see it. Not everybody cares. Maybe some people don't even like you. Who knows, but what I do know, is that you DON'T have to be rude to people who want to share with you something they worked very hard on and are very proud of. 

For example, my boyfriend just finished the second episode to his fan film series, "Grayson: Earth One". The first video has over 300k views and has won numerous awards all over the country. In order to get the second episode out, we have been hitting up social media, press, bloggers, etc in hopes of getting the word out, but some of the responses have been so rude. 

"Stop spamming me"

"I don't know you"

"I don't care"

How does one consider a simple tweet spam? And if it is your job to cover all things comic related how are we inconveniencing you? In fact, we are making your job easier by coming to you so you don't have to do the work to research the latest and greatest news #yourewelcome. Not to mention, everyone needs a helping hand every once in a while. I highly doubt everyone got to where they want to be 100% by themselves. Is a simple click really all that painful?

From artist to artist, remember, we are all in this together.  A little more respect?