IFH 084: How Filmmakers & Artists Should Deal with Haters!

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How Filmmakers & Artists Should Deal with Haters!

Haters, a problem that artists, filmmakers or anybody who puts themselves out there have to deal with. I know of many filmmakers who are crippled by what other people think or say about them. The fact is that you are going to create anything; a poem, writer a novel, make a movie, write a song, cook a meal or build a house, there will be people who have opinions.

Now opinions are fine. As they say ever has an opinion and the internet has given everyone with an opinion a voice. Now there is constructive, mature opinions and there are straight up haters. People who want to bring you down for a myriad of reasons.

I decide to shine a bit of light on this topic because it is so important on your filmmaking journey to be free of the good opinions of others, as the late Wayne Dyer used to say. You can not allow other peoples opinions or thoughts bring you down or stop your forward momentum when making art of any kind.

Take a listen to my experience with haters I’ve dealt with over the years. I hope it inspires you to continue creating regardless of the good opinion of others.

“Don’t let compliments get to your head and don’t let their criticism get to your heart.”
– Anoyomous

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  • Jim Henson

    Alex this is probably in the top five of your best podcasts. Essential for any creative person… Or anyone, for all that matters. One thing I would add is that any feedback that you receive is data… information… They’re just words. It’s the emotional charge that you put on the feedback that makes it either negative or positive. That makes it helpful or unhelpful.

  • TSJones97

    True, but all the examples he mentions, all those people are already successful. People who are struggling on the cusp of success can be sabotaged by unfair target criticisms. But it is true that you can’t control haters (or the worse ones, the stalker-haters, those people who just pick a person to follow around and bash them incessantly). Again, if a person is already famous, they can take it. But people who are trying to make it, can be hurt by false claims or just ridiculous bashing. I’ve seen it.