If David Lynch offered me some advice I would listen-
If Stanley Kubrick gave me some some constructive criticism I would listen-
If Osamu Tezuka offered me some advice I would listen-
Random people who DO NOT create work I admire offer me their unsolicited "constructive criticism" from time to time and I never listen- become great first and then I will pay attention to what you have to say- until then your words mean NOTHING but the blithering's of the status quo- fuck the status quo.
I've NEVER done what other people thought I should do- I NEVER listened to unsolicited advice or criticism- If I did- I never would have had my own style and I would have never even made We Are The Strange- as I received advice against both of those things from "professionals"
If I would have never done those things- I wouldn't be working on my third film- I wouldn't have traveled to over 30 countries for my films and I wouldn't have met all the awesome peopleS I have through my films ^_^ I wouldn't be having the awesome time that I am now!
Be wary of even opening the door and giving people a chance to offer you advice or criticism- if they do- simply nod your head and humor them but in your mind hold that image of Siouxsie at the beginning of this post ^_^
Life is to short to let someone else try to live their own life through you as that's what they are trying to do a lot of the time.
Most people assume winning = being rich and famous and accepted by the masses
I'm playing an altogether different game- and in it I'm already winning ^_^