The Importance of NOT Burning Bridges

In life and your career, you’ll form many connections and develop friendships. But, what’s important is to NEVER burn bridges with those you meet because you never know who’s connected to who.

According to an article titled Never Burn Bridges, burning a bridge means that you end a relationship in such a way that you could never go back and start the relationship again --or perhaps you could, but it would require you to beg for forgiveness of the person whose bridge you have burned, even to try.

Why not burn bridges?

There are many reasons why you shouldn’t burn bridges, but it’s important to remember that if you’re looking to further your career (as an artist, actor, etc.) that the Entertainment Industry in Atlanta is rather small. What I mean is, those whom you meet could know someone (who knows someone) that can help take your career to the next level. BUT, if you burn a bridge guess what? That person who could help take you from point A to Z may very well become reluctant to help you.

Case in point, in 2015 I was supposed to host a children’s benefit fashion show. My husband and I hosted for this organization (for free) before as we believed in the vision of the organizer. At the time, my family and I were in the process of moving. I spoke to the organizer and expressed that we were unavailable to host. When I did so, she was rude and cut me off, and hung up the phone on me. Now, this same person is looking for something that Atlanta Film and TV can provide, but because of how she burned the bridge, we can’t provide her with what she’s requesting. (All because of a burned bridge.)

In closing, people remember how you make them feel, so think long and hard before burning a bridge.

People will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you make them feel. - Maya Angelou

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