I used to know a director. A very talented guy. I mean, super talented. A few years back, he successfully directed an award winning feature that created a lot of buzz and got him noticed in the festival circuit. I can’t exactly pinpoint when this happened, but one day I got word that he ditched town – I mean, completely moved back east. None of his business partners could figure out what happened. Calls went unanswered. Emails were no longer returned.
Fast forward to the end of the month. The company accountant notified the other partners. As it turns out this up-and-coming director did a nose dive. He had drained the company bank account… The statements reflected reckless abandonment of not just a promising directing career, but also friendships. Many people were screwed over. Many people felt betrayed, burnt, pissed – and they had every right to feel this way.
As a piece of advice, mistakes happen. If you make a mistake, fess up to it. Do everything you can to make amends. But if you’re the type who purposefully sets out to disrespect other people, you might get away with it today or next week. But very soon, you’ll have a tainted reputation that will force you to move back east and out of the industry. Should this person ever stumble back into La La land, he will be quickly reminded that relationships are everything in Hollywood. And burnt bridges do not support dead weight.