But you already knew that.
You have been in the trenches, passionately pitching your strange and wonderful ideas, shooting run and gun, stealing locations, begging friends for favors, and burning the midnight oil all for the love of music videos. But that oil is running dry.
You have spent too many years working with budgets that are too small for little to no pay. You are tired of being strung along by a pitching process that can be both frustrating and demoralizing. And if you are lucky enough to win the video, you are sick of praying that the label doesn’t shelve it or take down your director’s cut.
You’re not alone. We’re in the trenches too.
We want change.
We want to stop thinking of each other as the competition and join together.
We want music video directing to become a sustainable career.
We want to make a living wage without needing side hustles or trust funds.
We want to be treated with dignity and respect by those we work for.
We want a reasonable sense of authorship and ownership of our own work.
So what do we do now?
Let’s meet up. Let’s start a conversation. Change is going be a long, slow process, but it has to begin with us coming together. Forming this community will be a victory in and of itself! Not only will we be able to learn from one another and support each other, but together we can reach out to allies within the industry who can help us further the conversation and finally make some changes that are long overdue.
We know it's going to be difficult, and we know that we won't win every battle, but that's why we need as many of you as possible to come along with us as we try to create a healthier and more nurturing environment for new voices to emerge and old voices to thrive.
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