Jason is gone and then there were three. I have a sneaking suspicion no matter how good she does next week, Syesha is a gonner, and then no matter how awesome David Cook does the week that David A will be crowned the next American Idol. Whatever. You’ll never see his name on a Pop chart. We will however see much of David Cook in our musical future.
So since Idol is coming to a close, whatya all want to chat about when it’s over? I was thinking of maybe doing an advice (pertaining to writing) column type thing. My agent suggested the other day we put our heads together and do a workshop titled: It’s Just Business, and really get real about the biz, and writer expectations, and hurt feelings, and the ultimate end of the day reality that this is a business first, second and third, and we really need to put our big girl panties on.
Do you remember that great line in A League of Their Own? The one where Tom Hanks as the coach says to one of his players who was crying over something during the game, “There’s no crying I baseball.” He was right.
In this business, I feel that line should be a mantra to us all. I know, I know, it’s tough to remain thick skinned, and rejection stings, but that is part of the business. Hey, agents get dumped too! Lines close, editors move. What one publishing house does for one author they don’t do for all. It’s business. They can’t do it for everyone, they have to pick and chose. That P & L is their bible. I’m getting a little ahead of myself right now, but I feel like I have a real objective POV when it comes to the personal side of this business. My agent certainly does. So, we will be taking the show on the road, but in the mean time, I think I can offer some advice here, all with a grain of salt of course.