Help me to become the next Ebert....
March 21, 2011 7:48 AM Subscribe
Hivemind, please help me to become the next Ebert....
posted by Mintyblonde to Media & Arts (6 answers total) 5 users marked this as a favorite
Hivemind, help me become the next Ebert.
I’m a huge film nerd, I have been for many years and I love to watch movies from the silent’s to American Indie, from German Expressionism to Italian Neo-Realism, my tastes range across countries and genres although if I’m honest I do have a predilection for SF, horror and action movies.
I’m also something of a opinionated jerk so the arrival of the internet was a dream come true, and five years ago I started a modest little film review blog which has developed a small but loyal readership. Around two years a (then) new Canadian film site asked for submissions so I sent them my last review which they eagerly published, since then I’ve written intermittently for them, culminating in them getting me press credentials for last years London Film Festival which I covered for them. I haven’t (nor would I expect to be) paid for any of this. By all accounts they will also get me a press pass for this years LFF and for other festivals such as Frightfest.
In terms of my credentials I also wrote to the UK’s Film critic association and submitted some of my reviews to them, this was at the suggestion of my Canadian colleagues whom had done the same in their country and got accepted. Having not heard from them for months I assumed they were diplomatically ignoring me as my work wasn’t of a sufficient quality, but last week they wrote back and stated that my writing was great but they couldn’t accept me as I could not demonstrate that I was "engaged professionally, regularly and substantially" in film criticism (Critic's Circle Membership Rule 6)? Do you, for example, derive a substantial proportion of your income from professional employment as a film writer/journalist/critic?”
This is my convoluted version of saying what next? Truth be told I’m anxious to actually get some of my scribbling into the more established channels, or indeed anywhere else other than my blog and the Canadian website, whether that’s Empire or Total Film, or perhaps some of the better known film sites out there. The problem is I don’t have the slightest idea of how to achieve this lofty goal, and as I expected these larger behemoths don’t accept unsolicited submissions. It’s not a deal breaker but it would also be nice to be financially reimbursed for my troubles. Should I be happy with my lot, and that my part time hobby (I have a day job running my own business completely unrelated to the media or cinema or arts) is just ticking over nicely and I shouldn’t be pursuing activities that may take the fun out of it?
Thanks in advance for any advice….