When you start publishing your creative work online, you need to be prepared for all kinds of comments, both positive and negative. While the praise feels good and constructive criticism helps us grow – what are we gonna do with “haters?” Simon Cade of DSLRguide gives you some tips how to deal with hateful comments. You should leave them alone, but not ignore them completely. You should also change your attitude, and Simon shares some very helpful tips how to find the balance and turn even hateful feedback into fuel for your future growth.
A couple of weeks ago, the Oscars were on. And there was one big moment of it that stuck out in a lot of peoples minds. No, not that moment, I’m talking about the one during the commercial break. The one where Casey Neistat introduced the world to “the rest of us”. Reminding everybody that there is a big filmmaking and creative community outside of Hollywood.
It showed a bunch of content from various popular and completely unknown creators on YouTube with Casey’s voiceover and a simple message. When we’re told that we can’t, we all have the same answer. “Watch me”. And it ended with the line “Do what you can’t”. Now, Casey has elaborated on that closing four word sentence with his own video, in typical Casey fashion.
I’ve always said that if you don’t have haters, you’re doing it wrong. Inevitably, if you’re trying to push and improve yourself or tell a story, somebody’s just not going to get it. Or, even like it. And that’s just fine. But what do you do when they actually confront you about it? Especially in a room filled with other people?
Well, the short answer is to understand their position and accept it. Don’t take it personally and realise that everybody’s going to have their own opinions. The slightly longer answer is this 5 minute video from filmmaker Kevin Smith.