If you want to reach a higher level in your art career, there must be someone around who can tell you what’s good and what’s garbage.
Or does there?
In 2005 NPR aired a 4-part series on flops.
In part 3, they discussed the aftermath of failure – specifically, what happens when a movie flops. Laura Ziskin, producer of Hero, said, “You think about your failures way longer and way more than your successes.”
Writer Akiva Goldsman (Batman & Robin) said he needed honest feedback from people: “With everyone telling you, ‘no, no, no, it’s just fine,’ you really are in danger of wandering blindly down an alleyway, which can lead you further and further away from . . . the kind of success you want.”
So, do you need the critics? Or is it better to just have supporters and cheerleaders?
If you need someone to tell you the truth, at what point do you let them in?
What are the boundaries for people who want to tell you how to do something differently?