Rejection: It’s A Part Of The Creative Process Just As Much As Breathing Is A Part Of Life.

When you choose to make a film or do anything creative you are destined for an abundance of rejection. It’s a part of the creative process just as much as breathing is a part of life.

Knowing this doesn’t make accepting rejection any easier. No one wants to be rejected. Still, it can be healthy for our social growth and development if we have the proper outlook.

Jael McHenry’s article, “On Rejection and Beyond,” sums this up quite nicely. The article was originally written for her readers on Writers but I thought I’d share, anyway.

It’s a good quick read.

I think it’s how we deal with rejection and disappointment that ultimately shapes our lives. We’ve all heard numerous quotes telling us to perceiver:

  • “The only way that ‘no’ ends your journey is if you let it.” – Jael McHenry
  • “When one door of happiness closes, another opens; but often we look so long at the closed door that we do not see the one which has been opened for us.” -Helen Keller 
  • “If you want something bad enough, you’ll figure out how to work for it.” -My mom 

You’ve got to “Keep on, keepin’ on..” Why? Because no one is ever going to “let” you do what you want. So, you have to figure out that alternate route in getting there.

Ultimately, it’s people’s opinions about you or your work that are making these decisions of rejection. Well, everyone has an opinion about something.

And do we all agree?

Absolutely not.