How do you stay inspired in the face of rejection? The Los Angeles Latino Film Festival rejected my short film, Carlos Bravo.
You get back to work. You show up. Steven Pressfield says obsessing over rejection or the outcome is a form of resistance. You fight resistance by Turning Pro. The pro reads the rejection, feels it, and shows up the next morning. Some days I buy that, some days I don’t.
Today’s showing up involves reviewing the photos I took at the Watts IV Head Start early last week. My intention was to find relationships in the photos.
Here are my thoughts on relationships from these photos. There is relationship between two people. The students talking to the teacher or racing with each other. There is relationship with the photographer when they pose for me. And, there is relationship with an activity, like the little girl working with her blocks. They could do all three relationships — one another, with me, and an activity. But I like this as an organizing principle of photos. I’ll explore it further.