COVID-19: Three Coping Tips For Creatives

COVID-19: Three Coping Tips For Creatives

COVID-19 has been kicking our asses. It has. We’re locked in, fed up and broke. Many of us. Just stating the facts. About three weeks into COVID-19, I got sick and tired of being well, sick and tired. I decided to call a couple of my business colleagues and get some advice on how to get out of the COVID-19 blackhole. BlackTVFilmCrew.com will be sharing a series of articles on how to use COVID-19 to help us overcome. 

My colleague who is the inspiration behind this article is Bruce Gordon, of Bruce Gordon Media. He’s a writer, producer, editor and giver of good advice and had a lot to say when we got on the call. Here’s an excerpt from our conversation.

What do we need to do to get out of the COVID-19 blackhole?

Bruce Gordon

Me: Bruce, I’m bouncing off the walls. I like to be able to go outside or at least know that I can go outside. 

Bruce: Well, let me tell you how I’m handling COVID-19. I’m doing everything I couldn’t do when I was working full time. 

Me: Huh? What do you mean? 

Bruce: When I’m working full-time, there is never anytime to do some of the projects that I really want to do. Now, I’m taking the time and making the time. 

Me:

Silence. There was absolute silence on the phone. My silence. Had my good friend Bruce dropped a heavenly gem? Had he just given me the secret to COVID-19 success? When we got off the phone I sat on the edge of my bed and reflected. 

I had not thought about what COVID-19 had given me: More Free Time

The entire three weeks that I’d been on COVID-19 lockdown all I thought about is what I couldn’t do. 

I couldn’t go hiking in Baldwin Hills. I couldn’t go to the production offices where I work. I couldn’t go to BJ’s where I order my favorite gluten-free pizza. I couldn’t go to the Apple store and look at a new iPhone. I couldn’t shoot the new web series that I’d been thinking about. 

I’d been so consumed with what COVID-19 had taken from me that I had not thought of what COVID-19 had given me: More Free Time. 

An Attitude Shift’s Coming…

So today, I urge everyone who reads this post to remember the time you’ve been given—if in fact, you are laid off, working part-time or are otherwise unemployed. Is there something that you’ve wanted to do but didn’t have the time? COVID-19 is giving you the time. 

Black TV Film Crew’s 3 COVID-19 Tips:

  • 1. Do something you didn’t have time to do when you were working full-time.
  • 2. Call a colleague with some good sense.
  • 3. Think about something that matters to you and then go back to tip #1.

This article isn’t meant to make light of COVID-19 so let me be clear. COVID-19 is a monster but what we choose to do with that monster is our business. I wish you productivity, creativity, safety and success. 

Call to Action: Do you have any tips that are helping you get through COVID-19? Share them with us. Write an article and submit it to us at blacktvfilmcrew AT gmail.com.

Photo above: Bruce Gordon, courtesy of Bruce Gordon Media.

Writers Of Color – Huge TV & Digital Opportunity

Writers Of Color – Huge TV & Digital Opportunity

Writers of Color – Your Time Is Now

Writers of Color, you may have been discouraged in the past. You may have been told that your stories aren’t relevant? But your time is now. Our time is now. Tell your stories. Lift your voice. Check the info below.

Underrepresented Filmmakers of Color – From MACRO:

“MACRO and the Black List offer writers of color the opportunity to develop and produce an original digital or television pilot script. Our mission is to discover and empower episodic storytellers with the proper creative tools, resources, and access needed to help launch their careers.

In partnership with Emmy Award-winning writer Lena Waithe and Actress/Producer/Director Eva Longoria, MACRO aims to amplify fresh voices that are rooted in authenticity, creativity and excellence.

  • Applications will be accepted from June 6 – August 6.
  • Up to three (3) winners will receive development support and a pilot presentation or sizzle at a budget of up to $30,000 each.

We look forward to hearing from and supporting the next generation of game changers, rule breakers, and brilliant minds that exist at the intersection of craft and culture.”

Read This: How To Support Black Creatives

Charles King, former super agent at William and Morris, founded Macro. Macro creates and finances film, television, digital content, technologies and brands which are driven by people of color. Macro projects include: Roman J. Israel, Esq, Mudbound, Gente-fied, and Fences. In addition, they’re behind the website Blavity. 

Franklin Leonard founded The Black List, a network of scriptwriters, buyers and representatives. According to Black List, “over 300 Black List screenplays have been made as feature films. Those films have earned over $26 billion in worldwide box office.” Black List films have been nominated for 264 Academy Awards. They have won 48, including Best Pictures for Slumdog Millionaire, The King’s Speech, Argo and Spotlight. Black List screenplays have earned ten of the last twenty screenwriting Oscars.”

This is an extraordinary opportunity for writers of color and one that I hope some of our Black TV Film Crew members take advantage of. 

Apply Today. 

**Our featured photo is Emmy Award Winning Writer, Lena Waithe and Macro’s Charles King, courtesy of the Macro website **