I remember when I first started working in entertainment, I fell into it almost instantly. Then I started to have phone calls with people from Star Trek Voyager and then I was on a Hollywood set in less than a year.
I kept plugging away and working. The only people asking questions were my family members from my extended family. It was kind of funny since I have no relationships with most of these people.
I started to see that I was disrupter when I landed in a new fandom. I started working with someone from a popular 90s show and my contributions was just 1 of 50 other peoples so it wasn't like I was contributing a lot. It wasn't until another person from that franchise reached out and asked for help because they knew I was a marketer. From there on it grew and grew and we started working with more people in this franchise.
It came to the point that I noticed I started to make waves and people didn't like it.
A couple of veterans who had been doing this for a couple of more years than I did started to ruffle my feathers. Then sent over spies to figure out what I was doing, they would use aliases to email me inquiries. It got intense. It got worse when I had a confrontation with one of these veterans and they accused me stealing and lying.
The heat was hot and it turned it's ugly head when I showed up to a popular convention with a new client. My client was leaving his current agent who had promised him the world and didn't deliver. When we arrived, I knew I was in the snake pit. I had so many people walking by and giving me dirty looks. Even the veterans couldn't say anything to me anymore, their boss reached out to me for marketing help.
It was at that moment when I realized that working in this industry was going to be tough. Since then I kept my head down and tried not to cause any waves. It wasn't until just recently when I started to make waves again that I realized that I didn't give a fuck what anyone thought, I was going to do me and keep doing it.
Over the time of me keeping my head down and plugging away I saw people trying to copy my formula and they weren't successful in their efforts. Well it's obvious why. Just because you see someone being successful working one way doesn't mean it will work for you. It never works.
I just recently realized with some of the work MDMC is conjuring up in this next quarter is that you shouldn't care what people say or think. In fact if people are mad at the waves your making it means they are threatened. It took me a while to come to terms with it all.
I am really good at what I do and my success rate is pretty impressive. Moral of the story is don't let anyone question your abilities. Don't let anyone get in your head and stop making you feel proud of what you accomplished. If you have a passion run with it, if you want to do something don't let anyone talk you out of it.
If you a disrupter... embrace it and revel in it. It means you are doing all the right things!!!
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