Okay so I came up with this blog title over a year ago. It's clever sure, but what does it mean. I have some ideas but maybe it's just pause for reflection. Kraft is a giant corporation that makes very middle of the road quality products. There is nothing wrong that I know of with anything they make but it's mass consumerism. Much of TV and film is the same so what does it matter? Well I think you need to understand the craft of writing before you can make middle of the road semi-interesting TV and film (maybe not) I wonder if Kraft hires artisial bakers cheese makers etc to formulate their latest version of mac and cheese or American Cheese or the thousands of other products they produce.
There is a coffee shop I sometimes go to and write. And if I don’t write, I surf the web and generally procrastinate in peace. It’s in my neighborhood and lots of people I know professionally go there to work or just to get coffee. Over the years I’ve gotten to know some of the other regulars too.
One of the guys I met was an accountant who really hated what he did and wanted to be in showbiz. He was always there reading or trying to write, but more than that, he talked with a lot of people about show biz and how much he hated his job. It was a very social place for him and I bet everyone in that place knew everything about him. I would not go often but when I did, there he was complaining. I had to do my best to cut him off as he could not pick up social clues that I was there to work, not to listen to him.
He told me one day that he finally quit his job and was going to pursue acting, his lifelong dream. I was really happy for him. I congratulated him and wished him well.
Months passed and the next time I saw him he was taking acting classes and getting some student film roles and little internet acting jobs. Things were going well for him. He knew I was a writer but now that he was in show biz he felt compelled to dive deep into my resume. Again I had to make a quick exit as I was not there for an interview I was there to work.
So a few more months passed and it might have been a year since he left his job. He was now taking more acting classes and trying to get an agent. He also was complaining a lot about not getting bigger roles, not getting an agent and generally how really unfair the whole show business thing was. It took him a year to go from complaining working accountant to complaining non-working actor. Following his dream didn’t seem to make him much happier. Maybe he just likes to complain.
There is this contest going on at a website called Skrawl. It looks really fun. You add on to the story. It is run by a very accomplished writer Carl Gotttlieb. You might want to take a stab at it.