Pride, A Tough Word to Tackle

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Talking about Pride is a weird thing for me, I always kind of cringe when I hear the word. There are several ways in which the word feels strange for me to hear or use.

I often get asked, are you proud of your work, whether it’s “Anyone But Me” or anything else I’ve done. Sometimes I cave because I know the person asking means well so I’ll say, “sure, I’m proud of it.” But really I have a hard time being proud of the work I aspect to be doing. And like anyone working in any of the arts, you can certainly find flaws in your work probably 99.9% of the time so you’re never totally satisfied with the work, let alone proud. Things I am proud of: not eating crap food after 6p, making sure my dogs are well taken care of, or trying to get 10 miles in on the bike when I’m already exhausted from the day. But being proud as an artist, that’s hard for me to embrace, and it keeps me very laziness, which isn’t a bad thing.

I also have issues when people say they’re proud of me. I know, that sounds awful. But I can’t help equate that phrase with something your parents would say when you were a kid. I’ve had a very hard time telling people I’m proud of them just because it makes me feel like I would be giving my approval from on high, patting them on the head, and sending them off to do another task to please me.

And of course, there’s LGBT Pride. The whole idea of Pride is meant to be completely positive and encourages us to never feel wrong or ashamed of who we are. It’s not just about parades, half-naked people on floats, 48-hour parties or flipping the bird at the conservatives over one month. It’s about knowing 365 days a year who we are and you’ll get no argument from me about being proud of that.

About The Author

TINA CESA WARD is a writer and director for film and new media. Her short film In Their Absence has screened in over a dozen festivals around the world and was awarded five times both domestically and abroad. And was named one of the best short films of the decade by Festival de cortos MíraLes in 2011. For three seasons Tina was the Executive Producer/Writer/Director of one of the most beloved independent scripted dramas on the web, Anyone But Me. Anyone But Me has reached over 35 million views and has brought home several industry awards highlighted by Tina (along with Susan Miller) winning the first ever Writers Guild Award for Original New Media. Nomination highlights include Webby nominations and Streamy Award nominations. And in 2012 Tina (along with Susan Miller) took home the International Academy of Web TV award for writing in a drama. Tina has been nominated several times for her directing, and in 2013 won the International Academy of Web TV Award for Best Directing in a Drama. In 2010 Tina directed the successful branded web series Bestsellers. In 2011 Tina debuted the critically acclaimed Good People in Love, which DIGIDAY calls “...a new milestone for online video series.” Tina hard at work on her new series Producing Juliet which made its world premiere at the Raindance Film Festival’s WebFest and is now currently in release. Tina is also the creator and writer of the comic book series Guards of Dagmar, which is published digitally through Comixology.

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