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ON DEALING WITH REJECTION AND GATEKEEPERS AS A FILMMAKER OF COLOR

As a Center for Asian American Media (CAAM) Fellow, I was asked to write a piece about facing rejection as a BIPOC filmmaker.

Nobody warns you about how many times you’ll have to hear the word ‘no.’ They say you need a thick skin to survive in the media business. But I didn’t understand what that meant exactly, until I realized that the majority of my efforts would be met with rejection, skepticism, and doubt. Most people only see, and remember, the tiny fraction of my labor that ends up being successful.


The truth is, this is amplified even more if you’re a person of color. We have bigger walls to scale. Extra hurdles. Wider oceans to cross. More treacherous mountains to climb. Pick your metaphor.


Read full post on the CAAM website.



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