The firestorm of comments on my “haters gonna hate” post raised an issue that I think is prevalent in the industry: attacking one’s character or making an insinuation about one’s ethic without really knowing the person or their background. I’ve seen it done to others where I knew the background of the person attacked, and have experienced it personally myself, when a wave of opposition and attacks grow and spread like a virus via the web-based on the tiniest bit of information (or misinformation). In the case of Ms. Star it seems to be this notion that she has not “busted her ass” to get to where she is today. She’s just a “hack” who’s a slick marketer. Or, that she is not fit to teach photography because her work is not up to par. (Apparently, enough people like her work to want to learn how she does what she does.)
One commenter on that post questioned whether or not I really care about this industry based on “the company I keep,” referring to Jasmine and Jesh de Rox, who he felt I was defending in my “twitter tempest” post. First, I don’t keep the company of Jasmine or Jesh. Second, and this is what I find interesting, that same commenter (and a few others) praised Zack Arias and what he stands for in this industry. Zack is an amazing individual, a good friend, and wholly deserving of the praise he gets. The interesting point I was referring to is that on an episode of Chase Jarvis live, Zack himself publicly praised Jasmine for her hustle and work ethic. Speaking of Mr. Jarvis, Chase and his team at CreativeLive saw fit to invite her back a second time, and Chase invited her to be one of the guests on stage with him at last year’s PhotoPlus Expo Keynote (along with photography heroes Zack Arias, Joey L, Vincent Laforet and Robert Haggart. I’m sure that pissed a lot of people off). So, the question is: are Zack and Chase (two highly respected professionals in the industry with the street cred to back it up) just really bad judgments of character? Have they been duped by a pretty smile and the marketing mojo of J*? Or, perhaps is there something in Jasmine they see that others don’t because they’re too busy bashing her?
In Pursuit of Truth
When I broach provocative topics like this, it’s in my honest pursuit of truth, regardless of who the object of discussion is. The Jesh post wasn’t about defending Jesh, it was about pointing out the hypocrisy I saw in so many photogs who on one hand were blasting him because of his $16,500 1-on-1 consulting fee, but then charge $100 for an 8×10 or $5,000, $10,000 or $15,000 for a wedding. (My whole wedding cost $10,000. If I had gone to my in-laws who were footing the bill and told them I wanted a $10,000 photographer, they would have said, “Are you out of your Vulcan mind?!”, only replace “vulcan” with a different colorful phrase).
This post about haters (which referenced not just Jasmine but three other professionals in the filmmaking industry) was not about defending those four, but about pointing out what seems like a real issue in the industry.
I want to start thoughtful and respectful dialog and try to get people to at least consider looking at an issue from someone else’s point of view. Or to honestly consider the shoes that others have walked in. Or, at the least, to gather all your facts about an individual before riding the way of opposition.
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