Guest post by Eric Beltran
In the world that we live in today, it is far too easy to give, or receive, harsh criticism. With all of the different forms of social media bombarding us on a daily basis, there is no doubt that negativity is on the rise.
Proof of that is easy to find. Simply jump on Twitter, Facebook, YouTube, or even something as simple as an online news site and read the comments.
The majority of them are full of hateful messages that ridicule and demean just about every and anything. It is a corrosive new trend and it’s easy for anyone to fall into this web of hatefulness.
If you are trying to come up in the world of video production, chances are that you will more often than not be on the receiving end of nasty commentary, which people will so eloquently post on whatever project you just happened to pour your heart into.
This is, unfortunately, the world we now live in and if you want to make it, thick skin is required.
Relax, you’re not the first and you won’t be the last.
The truth is that, even without all of the negativity that comes from the web, working in video production can be a harsh environment to get accustomed to. It is a world where even the people that are on the top of their game receive criticism. There is no one that can escape it.
If you look to the world of film for an example, you will see that even the best directors have to deal with critics regularly. Directors like Scorsese, Spielberg, Fincher, and even Hitchcock had to deal with haters on a regular basis.
Hitchcock’s Vertigo, released in 1958, was received poorly at the time and today it is viewed as one of the greatest films of all time.
Now, I am not saying that your work should be or is on the level of Hitchcock, but I am pointing out the fact that there is no way of escaping the harsh critiques of the world. It is something that comes with the territory and simply cannot be avoided.
Consider the constructive, discard the destructive.
It is important to realize that not all bad criticism is a bad thing. There are some critics that may just help you improve on your work. Yes, a good critic is something that may be hard to find, but they are out there.
The important thing to look out for is someone that validates his or her critique with constructive criticism.
If you shoot video, for example, and they are telling you that there is a problem with composition, color temperature, or even the lighting, it is important to take note of that and pinpoint the problem so that you may improve on that for the next time.
Use the information that they are giving to you and work on the problems in order to improve on your work. In fact, upon getting negative feedback, you should always ask questions. Find out what they don’t like about your work, and use that information to improve on it.
Do not let it bring you down, but instead use it to lift you up. Of course, there will be those out there that have no constructive information to give you and that is fine.
Those are the people that you must ignore completely. It won’t be an easy task to bite your tongue, but if they have nothing to offer you then they really are not worth your time.
What you do with feedback is up to you.
It is a lot easier to tell someone to ignore the comments than it is to actually ignore the comments. The truth is, we cannot help but focus on the negative.
Regardless, the important thing is how you respond to the criticism, and not the criticism itself. The one thing not to do is to simply accept it and give up, especially if you are doing something that you love doing.
Time is on your side, and the more time you spend perfecting your craft, the happier you will be in the long run with your own work.
It is also important to be open and honest about your own work. Yes, you may be very proud of what you have done and accomplished, but you should always be able to look at your own work objectively.
This is something that you should do consistently throughout your video production and in any artistic endeavor for that matter.
Keep your ugly side to yourself.
Lastly, you should not feed into the negativity. You may have the urge to retaliate when hearing something you do not want to hear, but you should stay calm.
If you show people your ugly side, they will feed off of it. Maintaining a positive attitude is always going to help you.
Remember, people will always be out there giving their negative comments on everything and anything, especially on things that they know nothing about. It is up to you to rise above it and excel, regardless of the hate.
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