"In Memorium" Credits are not worth it!

"In Memorium" Credits are not worth it!

Black Cat Appreciation Society, Mike Gagnon, 2020, Digital Mixed Media. Copyright M. Gagnon 2024.

Black Cat Appreciation Society, Mike Gagnon, 2020, Digital Mixed Media. Copyright M. Gagnon 2024.


In the glittering allure of the entertainment industry, be it through movies, TV shows, or comic books, there's often an unspoken but heavily felt pressure to go above and beyond – to pour every ounce of oneself into a project. Sometimes, this drive can take a toll, leading some to prioritize their work over their health, relationships, or personal well-being. But here's the thing: no creative project, no matter how groundbreaking or celebrated, is worth such a sacrifice.

Let's break it down. The entertainment industry is notorious for its demanding schedules and high-stress environments. The pressure to deliver something extraordinary can be overwhelming. There's a certain romanticism about "suffering for your art," but is any accolade, any "In Memoriam" credit, really worth jeopardizing your health or happiness? Absolutely not.

Think about the hypothetical scenario where you pour your heart and soul into a project, sacrificing your health or personal relationships in the process. You might imagine that in the event of your untimely passing, the project would stand as a grand tribute to your dedication. But this is a dangerous illusion. In reality, your absence would create a void in the lives of those who cared for you – a void no project can fill.

Moreover, consider the relationships you might strain or sacrifice in pursuit of this hypothetical praise. Human connections – with family, friends, loved ones – these are irreplaceable. A successful project might earn accolades, but will it be there to support you, to celebrate your personal milestones, to offer comfort in times of need? Will it reminisce about the good times, laugh at inside jokes, or share a shoulder to lean on? No, because while creative projects are valuable and meaningful, they are not and cannot be a substitute for the profound connections we forge with those around us.

Also, it's essential to remember that the entertainment industry, with its glitz and glamour, is also a world of intense competition and fleeting recognition. Today's masterpiece can be tomorrow's forgotten relic. If you've sacrificed your well-being or relationships for a project, this transient nature of fame and recognition can leave you with a profound sense of emptiness. Where does that leave you, if the project you gave everything for fades into obscurity?

And let's not forget the aspect of mental health. The relentless pursuit of success in such a demanding field can lead to burnout, anxiety, depression, and a host of other mental health issues. No project, no matter how successful or critically acclaimed, is worth the erosion of your mental health.

In conclusion, while it's natural to be passionate and dedicated to your work, it's crucial to maintain a balance. No movie, TV show, or comic book – no matter how successful – is worth sacrificing your health, well-being, or the relationships that make life rich and fulfilling. An "In Memoriam" credit might seem like a grand gesture, but it's no substitute for a life well-lived, surrounded by those who love and cherish you for who you are, not just for the work you do. Remember, at the end of the day, it's the memories you create, the lives you touch, and the love you share that truly define your legacy.

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