Why it's good to come out of the closet


One of the scariest things about starting a new project is actually telling people you're starting it.

If you don't tell anyone then there's no expectation. No one will ask you how it's going, no one is waiting to see if you make progress. No one will irritate you by reminding you that you're not really doing anything about it.

Of course that means that you can also let yourself off the creative hook. Missed a self-imposed deadline? It doesn't really matter because it's not an official deadline. It's not an official project (because it's still in the creative closet) so it's not an official deadline.

It's time to come out of the closet.

Go public

Yes, once it's out there you can't reel it back in. That's the point. So go public. Then you've declared your intention to the world. You've committed.

It's a lot harder to walk away from a public declaration of creative commitment than a private agreement between yourself and....well, yourself.

I came out of the closet and went public today on two major projects that I'm terrified to be taking on. Both are feature film scripts. Both will be very challenging. Both have been committed to whilst I'm in the midst of shooting a short film. I told people on facebook and I told them on twitter. I've had responses, there's now an expectation that I will produce work. I'm accountable.

 

Am I crazy? Yes, completely.

 

Want to meet some of the people crazy enough to be crazy with me?

Here they are, gorgeous things all of them...

So now, here's your job - keep asking me.  How are the scripts going?

Once you come out of the closet everyone's part of the process.

Welcome to the team.

And for now....

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