Due to a combination of factors driven by social media, dogmatic opinions, and a blatant disregard for data-driven decision making, the exponential spread of gossip, rumors, and scuttlebutt have become an industry-wide epidemic, especially in our creative careers (and personal life). The entertainment industry has a decades long history of customs and protocols, and much of the gossip we spread and rumors we assume to be true are perpetuated by those ancient, worn out traditions.
As independent thinkers and masters of our own destiny, we need to be vigilant, aware, and conscious of the hearsay we spread and the assumptions we follow, which can adversely affect the progress of our creative goals. The problem is, it’s so much easier to assume that the information we’re getting from others is true, so we go with it, forgoing the due diligence.
Important because it’s not what we don’t know that gets us into trouble. It’s what we assume we know, that will always blur the choices and decisions we often struggle with.