This week's Answer:
0r End Up on My List!
J.R., I'm glad you contacted me. I'm
purposely responding to you in order that you don't have to shoot off
the infuriated graph. How is Sue Ellen? Or was she the one
who was shot? Come to think of it, I think you're the one
who was shot? Then, how can you be writing me now?
Oh. Not that "J.R." from Texas, huh? I know how
disconcerting it can be to not receive any response when you've
contacted a producer. Producers can be so... so...
unresponsive. Especially when they don't want to respond.
Be that as it may, I have several suggestions about how to deal with
such problems that might be of some aid.
After you've sent something to a
producer and you don't even get so much as a reply, it's
important to not fall into a victim position, and, rather,
stay proactive just like you were when you proactively
sent something to the producer. Here's what to
do: When you don't receive a response, you
proactively don't respond to their lack of response.
When you check your e-mail or mail box or fax or answering
machine or climb to the top of your house for signs of
smoke signals, if you don't see any response from the
producer, immediately make a strong, deliberate commitment
RESPOND TO HIS LACK OF RESPONSE
You could even make a
list of these producers who haven't responded and do a
daily ritual in which you become meditative, visualizing
these producers, affirming deeply within that your are not
responding to their lack of response. You could even
go further in your quest for "proactivity" and
write them all, declaring that you are notifying them in a
very proactive way that you will not be responding to
their lack of responses. And don't take another lack
of response from them without doing something about
it. Continue your vigilant and vivacious lack of
responding back to them. Make sure they know
you're not just taking this lying down and are
deliberately not responding to their lack of responding to
your lack of responding to their lack of responding.
If that doesn't satisfy your new proactive personality,
you may want to phone the PNRP's (Perpetrating
Non-Responsive Producers) and tell them that you're
calling them to put them on notice that you're
intentionally not responding to their lack of
response. If that doesn't do the trick, you can
always show up unannounced. (Never announce yourself
if you're there to state your intention to not
respond. Announcing is too close to responding, and
you don't want to be seen a responder nor an
announcer. Which reminds me of that famous
saying: "Neither a responder nor an announcer
be.") When you're in the producer's office, you
can make your lack of response clear to his secretary or
executive assistant (secretary).
Or his security guard.