The event’s goal is to help spread word about our legal effort to end subsidies. We’ve made some incredible strides as the media is interested in listening to what we have to say but only if you choose to be heard.
I want to thank everyone who will be joining us and those of you who have expressed support from allover. For those of you who are afraid, last year’s demonstration was actually quite fun, innocent, and had a great impact. But let me say something about fear: As easy it is for you to turn away from this effort, it was easier for those of us behind ADAPT to just walk away.
For almost four years I’ve written this blog under the guise of anonymity. The idea was to give a fact-based perspective of someone working in the trenches in search of actionable solutions. While, it gained many supporters, it also gained many opponents who disagreed with my effort to end subsidies because they greatly benefited from them.
Some of the opposition initially laughed at our position and even challenged us to take action. So we did.
I flew to Washington DC and rallied supporters to pay the firm to create a study on a solution to ending subsidies. I started coming out of the shadows to meet with supporters to work on an effort to execute the law firm’s findings.
Unfortunately the opposition didn’t like that.
So what did they do? A few nights before the DreamWorks Obama demonstration, I told our team I would attend the event anonymously. That night I came across a forum where opponents were wrongly listing names and accusing people of being VFXSoldier and blacklisting them in the hopes I would go away. As my blood boiled, I decided to reveal my identity at the DreamWorks rally. The irony is that some of those people trying to out me went into hiding when I came out.
Since then I’ve only taken a stronger stance in my position but you want to know something? It scared the hell out of me every time. When I flew out to SF and NY to meet with people I feared not being able to speak with what turned out to be huge ulcer on my vocal cord. Before every interview with a reporter or on the radio or tv I would fear not saying the right thing. When I was given 3 minutes to explain my issue in front of City Hall I feared I would fail. I hope you feel like I came through for the effort.
Given all the fear, stress, and time commitment, we stayed the course.
There is something else I should tell you: I left the VFX industry over the summer. A very good company made a great offer for a job in a very stable industry and I thought why not? After I left Digital Domain I took off to Japan and Hawaii for vacation.
I was still anonymous so I gave the blog and the effort a long thought during that trip. Is this worth fighting for? I volunteered so much time and there were so many that ignored the effort. It seemed so easy to walk away. That’s true for Scott Ross, Dave Rand, the law firm, and the ADAPT team but we’re all here and we’re all working together on this.
I stayed in the fight because it was the right thing and I was now in a position to be a bit of a lightning rod on this issue. In other words, I could go for the jugular, I could take the heat for those of you who couldn’t afford to do it.
But if you’re going to let me go for the jugular on this issue, give me the sword. Help us with our legal effort and help us gain media attention. We’ve already drawn blood on our effort. All we are waiting for is you.
Open any page in any history book. You’ll never find a page written about those who did nothing.
Have fun and be safe! I look forward to marching with you.