Alex: I read something the other day that really stuck with me. Nik, remember when you came over right before you left to go home for Thanksgiving and I was having a bit of a freak out moment? I was overwhelmed with finding a job, being away from home for the holidays for the first time, keeping up with how expensive it is to live in LA, etc.? I was pacing back and forth, steam coming out of my ears. I was frustrated that I couldn’t figure out what I wanted to write for my pilot, or what to wear to a holiday party that weekend or anything for that matter. I felt like I was drowning in struggles and you reminded me that I knew how to tread. You told me that this is part of the process and to remember I’m on the right track and that success doesn’t happen overnight. Well, I read this article today that goes exactly in line with what you were saying… but for some reason seeing it written down in front of me made it click. It is hard. These moments where you think the internal struggle won, but if you change how you look at it, it can actually serve as a reminder that you’re on the right path. Thanks again for listening to me vent and knowing what to say to bring me back to sanity. I hope this can help some of my fellow muses in the ways that it helped me.
Nik: I posted this and then read the article and I’m so happy you’re sharing. It’s exactly right. And the amount of work you put into your craft, the hours you log, the never EVER giving up when you hear someone tell you your first script is shit, that fire in your belly, that commitment you make to yourself, that’s what gets you your dream job in the writers’ room of a TV show. Never stop. Never give up. Believe in your ability and yourself more than anyone else. And produce material and keep producing. How will anyone know you have killer taste, if you don’t share?