Does feedback on your screenplay equal disappointment?

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First rule of pursuing a screenwriting career:   Do not end up like Joe Gillis.  We don’t want to find you face down in a swimming pool of a Beverly Hills mansion. Failure is part of a screenwriter’s journey, but make sure it doesn’t lead you to act out in desperation. It’s not worth it. Sure, Joe constantly received less than positive feedback on his scripts and one project was about the Okies in the Dust Bowl, but when it reached the screen, the whole thing played on a torpedo boat.  Okay, but he ended up broke and working for a nutty actress in her giant mansion — “A place that seemed to have been stricken with a kind of creeping paralysis — out of beat with the rest of the world, crumbling apart in slow motion. ”  Be careful when you have expectations and open yourself up to feedback…

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