Ok. Here’s the skinny. I’m writing a screenplay, which I hope to sell or make into a film myself, and as part of my writing exercise I’ll be doing a bit of research. As part of that research, I’ll be giving friendly favors (No I’m not starting an escort service) and asking for favors. It will be similar to the Time Bank. Ever heard of that? (From wikipedia- ‘Essentially, the “time” one spends providing these types of community services earns “time” that one can spend to receive services.’). This isn’t completely altruistic of me, I mean after all I am writing a script and trying to make it into a movie….that’s kind of a selfish pursuit in and of itself. But regardless of what may or may not happen with this screenplay, I still plan on continuing these ‘Favors’.
So, what am I actually proposing to you? Well, first of all I’m not sure if the people reading my blog will even be interested in this at all and/or getting advice from me…but who knows, I figured I’d give it a shot. Here’s how it will play out. 1) My friendly favor to you is advice. That’s it. Advice. Why? Well, over the years I’ve developed into a pretty mild-mannered, centered and grounded person who is not prone to rash decision making….also as far back as I can remember….I’ve always given advice. I’ve always been a calm person and people would frequently come to me for help, advice or companionship. Friends. Strangers. Colleagues. Whoever. It was like an innate ability that I’d attract people who needed assistance. Maybe I’d make a great therapist or minister…..but I’m neither of those things at the present time…I’m a filmmaker. That being said….advice is what I will give. Plain old impartial advice right from my perspective. Maybe you have no one else to turn to. Maybe you just want an opinion from a ‘regular guy’ that you respect who is not a doctor or someone close to your situation. Maybe you just want another point of view on your issue, problem, life concern or whatever. Hell, maybe you just want some movie recommendations. I promise it won’t be like the Argument Clinic (but that’d be kind of fun).
2) What do I ask for in return? Well for one: just the process of providing a type of voluntary community service is in line with what I’m writing about, so I’m getting exercise.. and two: I would likewise ask for a favor in return. Nothing grandiose…it could be something as simple as a bottle of water or a beer if I happen to be in your locale for a film festival/business etc., or giving 5 bucks to my favorite charity etc. Or you could even just Pay It Forward (taking a homeless guy out for lunch etc.), but if you do that…don’t half-ass it please.
3) I’m not a doctor, nor a psychiatrist….or priest, nor anyone who is an accredited professional that claims to be an ‘expert’ when it comes to your health, whether it be mental, physical, social, emotional or spiritual. What I am is someone who’s educated (and continues to educate himself), has provided care-giving services to several relatives and has gone to the school of hard knocks. The advice I’d give to you is advice that a mentor would give to a protege. It’s just ‘friendly advice’ that you can use as you will. You can listen to it or not. That’s your choice. Ultimately you are responsible for your life and your decisions….but ya know….it’s really helpful to get council sometimes….and I’d be happy to do that for you.
It’s easy. All you have to do is e-mail me at (firstname.lastname@example.org) and follow the instructions sent on my automatic reply. After that, give me some time to properly read through your e-mail (I don’t want to half-ass it) and then I’ll dispense my advice to you. If you’d like you can keep yourself anonymous and use a pseudonym. Also, I am reasonable but please know that certain things are morally absolute for me….so if you’re a pedophile….I really don’t know what advice I could give to you other than to seek professional help and STOP HUMPING CHILDREN!! Now that that’s out of the way….I look forward to hearing from you.
As always. Do your best. Be good to yourself. Be good to others, unless they’re such a jerk that you can’t take it anymore. And be good to children, animals, plants and those less fortunate than you. Have an awesome day!