I decided to make a “merch” site - Basic Filmmaker branded items for sale. Not because I expect to make money off this, but because I was making a humorous video for the holidays.
So far, this video has about 40% down votes (most ever), comments and emails such as "sell out" or "you're trying to make money now" or whatever.
I also think I “called out” a few people for being cranky bastards or bastard-ettes around the holiday season (see the end of the video after the outro), and that may have pissed these cranky holiday season people off.
Let me say up-front that I really, really, really, don't care. Really.
I make videos for filmmakers and anyone else who cares to watch. If they like them, fine. If they don't, fine. I don't make these videos to gather fame, to make money, or anything else. In fact, I don’t make any money at all doing this. Even if I did, so what?
The only reason I make these videos is to help other people. Let me say that again - the only reason I make these videos is to help other people. Especially filmmakers, as that’s something I know a lot about.
In your filmmaking travels, you’ll get accused of terrible “crimes” like posting a video that’s too long or too short; talking too much or too little; “selling out” because you tried to make a bit of money (even though you’re spending ten times that much making them); and a hundred-hundred other “crimes” that apparently you are a terrible person for.
Just ignore it.
Otherwise you play into the VERY SMALL percentage (very small) of people who feel they’re entitled to everything they want. The only point of view they understand is their own. They don’t have a frickin clue about life, the universe, or anything else for that matter.
These people have a “cute” bag of tricks they pull on the rest of us all in an effort to stir up trouble. You may know these folks as “trolls” or just a-holes.
For example, they’ll accuse you of “selling out” or “trying to make money.” Now you feel the need to explain that’s not what you are trying to do. Or you feel the need to explain that IS what you are trying to do – as you need to eat too.
The first rule I adopted a long time ago, and has kept me sane (opinions may vary on this) was, “Never explain, justify, or make excuses for any ‘mistakes’ real or imagined.” That’s a mouthful, and you may want to read that a few more times.
The ultimate answer for anyone who tries to drag you down or make you feel less or makes you want to explain why you are doing what you are doing, is just ignore them, keep doing what you are doing, and keep doing it better.
These people ARE NOT your audience, so why cater to their noise?
What you should be looking at is NOT that one crappy comment from that one crappy person. Look at the other 186 comments saying, “Thank you.”
As a filmmaker and creator, you bust your butt making your creations, and ask WAY too little for it.
You don’t have to explain ANYTHING to ANYONE.
The Basic Filmmaker