Note: The video contains some NSFW language. Relevant point in the video starts at the 41 minute mark.
As part of the screening circuit for his new movie releases, filmmaker Kevin Smith typically holds a Q&A session afterwards in which he gets to interact with fans. Any audience member is welcome to stand up to the mic and throw out a question for Smith to answer at length. At a recent Q&A session he got some blunt criticism for his upcoming movie “Yoga Hosers,” but the way he handled it couldn’t have been better. This is something we all could learn from.
After being told by an audience member that his new movie was flat out terrible, the “Clerks” director did not skip a beat. Immediately Smith accepted the opinion of his critic as a valid response, but never backed down from his creative vision for the film in any way. Throughout their exchange he continued to show respect towards the audience member and really tried to understand their position in being let down by a film they paid good money to see. Smith also explained his own position as the work’s creator and why it’s important that what he makes needs to satisfy his own desires first and foremost. The whole five minute exchange can easily be translated into each of our own creative endeavors whenever we are criticized.
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