Re: Entry Fee Rereredux

From: Jason Halprin (email suppressed)
Date: Fri Mar 10 2006 - 16:44:36 PST

From the Oxford American Dictionary:

hobby - an occupation that a person does for pleasure, not as his main

I never insuated that dedicating your life and energy to something that
is not financially rewarding does cannot have serious rewards. I just
mean that teaching, currating, working in a post house, working in the
film/television industry, and other jobs that many on this list do are
not making a living from your filmmaking. They are working a job, your
filmmaking is supported by this other job.

I personally find it insulting that the extremely hard work that some
people have put in to create venues and organizations that promote A/G
work is so easily dismissed as self-serving.

-Jason Halprin

--- "jarrod whaley." <email suppressed> wrote:

> Jason Halprin wrote:
> > One of the basic facts that exists for many A/G film and video
> makers
> > (in the US and elsewhere, though not everywhere) is that they will
> > never recoup the costs that are associated with their work, let
> alone
> > turn it into a full-time profession. As such it is more accuratley
> > described as a hobby, and hobbies are money-losing ventures.
> >
> Baloney. One might not accumulate riches on par with the Sultan of
> Brunei, but many "underground" or "avant-garde" filmmakers can and do
> scratch out a meager existence. It just takes a little creativity,
> and
> the willingness to realize that good work doesn't have to cost a
> penny,
> if necessary, to make.
> I find this "hobby" business of yours very insulting. Dedicating
> one's
> life and energy to an often financially unrewarding (but often
> financially "livable") form of creativity is not on the same level of
> engagement and/or social worth as collecting Star Wars action figures
> or
> building model planes. Be careful with that glue, it's dangerous
> stuff,
> you know.
> > If you are against paying fees, look for free festivals. Or
> volunteer
> > for one so that your labor may bring down the fees for that
> festival.
> > Write the grant proposals, talk to donors, make press releases,
> pass
> > out flyers, get on the radio, do whatever it takes. It is already
> > difficult for most of us the share our work with people we don't
> > personally know, so if festivals are not a necessity, they are a
> luxury
> > I believe is worth paying for.
> >
> If you think it's worth paying for someone to potentially throw your
> work away and never tell you, then go ahead. Wipe your ass with $100
> bills, for all I care. I just happen to find Charmin to be much more
> cost efficient, not to mention less irritating to my sensitive bits.
> -->jarrod whaley.
> filmmaker. videographer.
> web designer. educator.
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