Attention: Actors, Actresses, Writers, Directors, DPs, Editors, Etc - What's YOUR Story?
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Attention: Actors, Actresses, Writers, Directors, DPs, Editors, Etc - What's YOUR Story?

nullI’ve done this every year, over the last 3 years, and your responses have always been enthusiastic, so, I figured, why not continue? Especially with the site’s audience now larger than it was even just a year ago, and your individual lives as creatives may not quite be what they previously were, as we all continue to strive and evolve.

I know that a significant chunk of S&A’s audience comprises of actors, actresses, directors, DPs, editors, etc, etc, etc. Some are able to earn a paycheck utilizing their artistic and/or technical skills; others – and I’d say the majority – are what we’ve labeled the proverbial *starving artists*, working diligently, relentlessly, struggling to climb this incredibly steep hill, trying to reach some self-defined pinnacle of success – whether personal or professional. And still others exist somewhere between the former and the latter.

Where do you fall? As the title of this post states, what’s YOUR story, and would you like to share it with the rest of us?

Think of it as an extension of the successful S&A Filmmaker Diary series we launched about 3 years ago, with Matthew Cherry as the guinea pig. I’m looking for your individual stories of struggle and/or success, regardless of what rung on the ladder you are currently on.

It takes a certain amount of courage to be able to be vulnerable and share one’s plight, but I suppose that’s exactly what I’m asking for; after all, not only is S&A just a source for news, its also a community of cinema lovers where we can all share/debate/discuss/learn/teach/commiserate/etc.

Here’s your chance. You might learn something; you might teach someone something.

What’s YOUR story?

You can email me at You can submit your story in any format – written, or even documented on video – and I’ll post it here on the site. I likely won’t post every single one, but don’t let that deter you. Just be honest and thorough. It could be a story about a current situation you find yourself in; or it could cover several days, weeks, months, or years of your career. It could be that you just want to vent your frustrations; aspects of, or people in this business that piss you off; aspects of, or people in the industry that encourage you. It doesn’t have to be all negative, nor all positive. We’re all complex people, and so I assume our stories are as well. And be sure to attach a photo (large size) for me to include, and if you have samples of your work, include them as well.

Here’s a small sample of past submissions so you can get an idea of what’s been done before:





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