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You vs. Your Work

Aside from one feature I'm polishing -- let's face it -- I write some pretty saucy stuff!

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Blogs and scripts.

Even been rocketing through Susie Bright's "How to Write a Dirty Story."

I'll let you know how it pans out ;)

But what I shouldn't find too surprising is how everyone assumes what you scribe is you...

Not that I mind the X-rated tag, it adds some mystique to the rep, on the other hand...it has 2 effects:

  1. People want you to be the living, breathing persona of your script- because that clarifies the brand you are selling.
  2. And if they're outraged by your work, it's a reflection on you and the inner nature of your questionable soul.

First, let's deal with 1):

Last year, before a pitch fest, I was advised that because my material was raunchy to "be raunchy" -- to wear a super-sexy outfit and use a lot of swear words while I was pitching.

Haha, on one hand I completely understand...

I mean, in 10 minutes you are pretty much your script on display.

The only thing is that gives off a false impression and leaves me with little credit that I might be a-more-normal-girl-than-expected, who can write, and who happens to have a big ol' dirty imagination!!

Yes, I find it bizarre when people assume "well the writing is obviously your life" because that assumes I'm dim and only write from personal knowledge and I cannot come up with naughty deeds in my own mind.

The fact is, the dirtiest stuff I ever wrote was at the time where...cough, cough...I wasn't getting that. (Obviously my subconscious was having none of this and took drastic artistic action.)

Sure, there's always going to be "write what you know" in anything you scribe, not saying some of you or your life experiences don't appear in your work, they do...and I have a habit (like many a writer) of putting people I've met or known into my characters.

BUT to assume the work IS an exact reflection of the scriber or the scriber's life is just...well...bizzaro.

Like when Al Pacino is playing Scarface, Shylock and Tony D'Amato- are any of those characters him??

Nooooo, he puts elements of himself and bits and pieces of others into the final product.

Just like a writer.

This false association of the creation and the artist behind it as being judged as one and the same is not just a modern phenomenon...

My brother told me that his all-time hero Alfred Hitchcock was not allowed to film at Disneyland in the early 60s because Walt Disney said he had made "that disgusting movie Psycho."

Well first of all Psycho was immensely popular so Hitchcock has the upper hand there but did you know that Hitchcock himself didn't go to his own movies:

"I'm frightened of my own movies. I never go see them. I don't know how people can bear to watch my movies."

Yes, in a way Hitchcock himself was grossed out by his own films but, guess what, he still made them.

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It was his calling and more importantly (and unlike Walt Disney)...

...he saw his work as separate from himself.

He was inclined to show the perverse side of human nature through the brilliant filter of his imagination BUT that's all it was...his imagination...and the resulting product was just that...

...a product!

Not him.

So to slap a label on the great director as being "a perverse psycho" is truly unjust.

Yeah he did some pranks on set but overall Hitchcock was married to the same woman for however long and the only "creep story" was from Tippi Hedren and, honestly, by today's standards, it isn't even that creepy.

It's exaggerated legend based on a man who created super-fascinating worlds.

It's funny how when someone is that good at something we have to find fault. We have to find a "dark and dirty" reason they are good at it.

But maybe it's us that are the perverse ones for not acknowledging and believing in human talent and imagination.

Film critics point out that Hitchcock was freakishly obsessed with blondes in his movies- so what? As an artist you should get obsessed with things -- with people -- with characters- you should get obsessed WITH YOUR STORIES.

And some of us are fine with keeping our fantasies in one box and our real life in the other.

As a matter of fact, this keeps us normal.

Real life simply presents us with ideas and feeds our art. It doesn't mean we are just that, nor that we should become it.

But who knows?

Maybe I should start being some of my scripts.

Maybe I should put my college education and all blood, sweat and tears to good use and make my Catholic mother proud and become a professional dominatrix.

That's it! That's what I'll do!

thesy surface

NOT.

Actually I think I'll just keep writing stories.

And not mind the creepy taint.

Hey, if anything it's the natural progression from my unibrowed lineage, right?

Thesy Surface
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Sunday, 18 August 2013