Martin, I appreciate your apologies - and you're right, all of you work your asses off! It isn't for the faint hearted at all, and if you don't love it, you're not going to last. I was just upset and took what you had said the wrong way.
I can see where everyone is coming from as well. The article was great, but there was a few things that the author could have researched a little more.
Yes, my dad did get help from Mike Akins to get into the industry. Yes, he didn't have any prior film industry experience. I don't see anything wrong with that whatsoever. My father was out of work for a year and a half, and Mr. Akins was kind enough to give my dad a chance... regardless of whether or not he had any experience. YES, I know that there are true professionals out there who have worked on countless films/T.V. Shows/Commercials and have put more than enough time into this industry, but that is no reason to put my father on blast for his "Zero Experience" and getting hand waves from Jason Bateman (which was just a low-blow to "prove" your "point".) Like the author said, he does utilities and odd-ball jobs... it isn't like he stole your gig.
I think the author is simply using my dad as an example to show that in this recession, a lot of out-of-work Georgians have taken advantage of this booming film industry that is in our state. I think we should all be thankful that an industry such as this is going to allow those who have been out of work such a wonderful opportunity.
You came off as really condescending and arrogant. l understand your frustration, but there was no need for it.
This is such a great article! My father is Neil Palmer, and I was so excited to see this article! Thank you for showcasing what this has done for so many out-of-work Georgians, and thank you for choosing my Dad to interview! :) This has always been his favorite local magazine, and it's really cool to see his name mentioned.
- Katelin Palmer
Creative Loafing Atlanta
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