Ever get frustrated when your plans don't work out? Sure. We all have. I've lost count of all the times I've had to throw away what I thought was some of my best work. Damn!
However, I must also add that when I was forced to do that an amazing thing happened. I produced something better. Yes, you read it correctly: better. We all have it in us to "start over" and re-think what we thought was "golden" and mine some platinum. Nowadays I view it as a part of the process and welcome the chance to challenge what I believe and try to do better, or different. Developing this ability is crucial to growth as an artist and a person and we should welcome the chance to improve ourselves in this manner.
Sounding a little Tony Robbins?
O.K. I deserve that.
Still, considering the success that I've personally had with Plan "B", I no longer hang my head when I learn my "great idea" has met with disapproval and/or failure. Now I look at it as an opportunity to learn something new about myself. And isn't that what it's all about?
Go carefully, my friends!
A few weeks ago I was shooting a video for Cardo Systems and two of the actors I hired didn't show up, ruining the days schedule. Other factors conspired to make me want to throw away the entire idea and re-boot. This is the version I eventually came up with. Clients love it!