All of you know how important it is for me that my company stay focused on the positive and continue to dream big. Nothing has changed there, even in the face of recent challenges. My mentor used to say that if you really want to know the character of a person look at him/her during a time of stress and see who they are in the crisis. With that in mind, I want to share some challenges that we have recently encountered at Three Socks and how we are addressing them.
In October we landed a major investor. We are enjoying a marvelous relationship with that investor, which has caused some people to ask, "Why aren't things moving more quickly if things are going so well?" The answer to that is that first of all, things take time. You'd be amazed at how banks will put holds on transactions, even simple ones. Due to new bank regulations intended to prevent scams and terrorism, many activities that should take 24 hours can now take up to 20 days or more. This has required everyone at ThreeSocks to take a deep breath and patiently go through the process. It hasn't been easy for us at times, but we are making the best of it and using this time to do planning.
Another challenge, which has been far less tolerable is that we have become aware of another production company that has been blatantly spreading lies about us. They had hoped to own the project we currently have in production. This has both frustrated and saddened us. I do not need to go into the ugliness of some of their actions, but I want to issue our official statement right here that ThreeSocks has and will continue to always operate at the highest level of professionalism. We have honored all of our relationships and commitments and will continue to do so. We also once again extend to this other company the offer to work together rather than in competition, but we will not under any circumstances lower ourselves to negative behavior.
If you hear anything negative about any company, do the right thing and find out for yourself. Investigate it and don't simply allow little minds to dictate what you do.
So going back to how we are going to react during this time of stress....we will do what we always do: Think big, seek solutions, and strengthen our resolve to create an amazing project. And for those of you who are newbies and following this blog to watch our progress while you are getting started, please know that no one can walk on you unless you first lay down. ThreeSocks Media will not be laying down.
Lynne M. Smelser is an executive producer and scriptwriter. For more than 20 years she has been an active writer who has won many national awards. She also holds a Ph.D. in English from Michigan State University.