True dat! I’ve known the other side as well- people who make something to show off when they decide it counts (in meetings, job interviews, etc) but don’t do much marketing otherwise because an audience isn’t the point for them- the proof that they can do something good is. Basically it’s a visual portfolio piece for them, and in some ways might as well be unlisted.
I think I’m somewhere in between? I totally respect your friend’s artistic stance and sometimes wish I could be fulfilled just by the act of making something I’m proud of, but I’m a hustler by nature. If I build an audience online to keep making stuff, awesome. If I get the attention of a traditional media company (online audience or not), awesome. No matter what, though, the end goal is for people to see it and for me to learn and get better and move forward, wherever forward takes me.
That said, I’m definitely behind on writing. I’m so consumed by indie production that I’ve been stalling on writing new pilots which is not a good strategy if I’m trying to do it all. Speaking of- I have not forgotten about yours, and I will read before end of day tomorrow! And maybe have something to send back? Sam and Pat really set me back this week.
Blergh. I’ve always hated long term goal questions, because in all seriousness my answer is “be famous so I can do whatever I want.” Not an actionable goal really. Blergh again.