Welcome Horror & Metal fans! Since it's Memorial Day weekend here stateside I thought it was a good time to remind myself and you that a simple Thank You can go a long way.
Here in the US its Memorial Day weekend which is supposed to be a day dedicated to honoring our veterans, those fallen and those still standing, but for most is a weekend to BBQ, party and enjoy friends and family. Memorial Day Weekend is traditionally the kickoff of the summer season where we embrace the heat, dive into pools, drink massive quantities of alcohol and maybe take a little vacation. Often we forget that Memorial Day is about remembering those we've lost and give thanks to those still standing which makes it like Thanksgiving 2.0. That is what got me thinking about the value of a simple "Thank you." Love it or hate it, we live in an age where it's pretty easy to stay in contact with family and friends through social media or even video calls. That is what got me thinking about how easy it is these days to reach out to artists you love and simply say thank you for their work. Most bands, filmmakers, writers and artists have a Facebook page or Twitter account or Instagram or a myriad of other social media accounts but when was the last time you saw a film you loved or read a book that touched your soul or heard an album that rocked you to the core or saw a painting that moved you to tears and then reached out to the artist to simply say "Thank You"?
It's easy for Cult and I since our way of saying thank you is mainly through what we do here. Reviewing a movie or album here on the site or interviewing someone or highlighting an artist's art is our way of saying thank you. You don't have to start a blog or any such thing to absolutely make an artist's day, simply posting a "Thank you" or "Hey, I really enjoyed that thing you did" on their Facebook page, Twitter account or whatever is enough. You have no idea how much it makes our day when someone does this. It's easy to take what any artist does for granted but try not to if you can. When I was young the only way to reach out to an artist was with a snail mail fan letter which usually wasn't read by that particular artist anyway. That isn't the case in today's world. Sure huge artists may not run their own social media but trust me us small indie artists don't have a "social media manager", you send us a message we see it. Not only do we see it but we also enjoy interacting with you. No, we can't be on social media 24/7 so responses aren't always immediate but I can speak for both Cult and I when I tell you we always respond. I've had a few fans reach out with some saying that they're nervous/afraid of doing so but I can tell you there is no reason to be. Sure there are some assholes out there who think they're better than you but they're fewer than you might think. I can only speak to my own experience but I have a lot of fellow writer friends and we all do our best to support each other and I can assure you each and every one of them loves to have a fan reach out to say "Hey, I really like that story you wrote." It only takes a second and we're a pretty friendly bunch. From running this site I can tell you it's no different with indie artists, filmmakers and bands. It's simple little expressions of appreciation for what we do that keep us going.
Now before anyone gets the wrong idea in their head, this is not an attempt to elicit praise from any of you. No, I'm writing this because I need to remind even myself sometimes how important the small things can be. We've made several good friends in the last couple of years running this site because we tend to highlight small indie artists who appreciate any attention to their work that they can get even from little guys like us. We continue to branch out trying to do new and fun things to reach even more artists and fans because we're all in this together. We are the lovers of the weird, the odd, the peculiar, the bizarre and the unordinary. We're on the outside of "normal" society labeled as the weirdos so when we come together at movies or concerts or conventions we are family, a family where we're all the crazy uncle or eccentric aunt. Don't run from it but embrace it and embrace each other. Reach out to that artist that touched a part of your soul by putting a piece of their's into their work with a simple thank you. We live in a world where it's easier than ever to connect and who knows, you may just end up with a new friend out of it. There is no "Artist's Day" but it can be any day that you choose to reach out to an artist and simply thank them for what they do. Cult and I will continue to say thank you in our way sharing our own work as well as that of others. Don't wait, go thank an artist you love now. Finally Cult and I would like to say Thank You to you and wish you a safe and happy holiday weekend.
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