We all need to be mocked from time to time, lest we take ourselves too seriously.

Are you good at taking some humor made at your expense, so long as the intention is not malevolent? 

We all tease each other, and when it is done with warmth in the heart, teasing is a great experience for people to share a common bond. Usually, it stems from one party knowing the other so well, that they are able to take an aspect of what the other party says, does or believes and use it in a kind, teasing manner.

When one of the parties is a celebrity, as in the case of George R. R. Martin, the teasing often goes beyond the kind phase and can become merciless in the hands of the wrong party. George is an American novelist and short story writer, screenwriter, and television producer. He is the author of the series of epic fantasy novels A Song of Ice and Fire, which was adapted into the Emmy Award-winning HBO series Game of Thrones.

For all of his stellar writing, the series got ahead of his novels and the producers wrote their own ending to the series and caused quite a bit of disappointment in the fans. I think a lot of the fan anger at the ending of Game of Thrones was wrongly directed at George.

I encountered his work at an early stage of The Illusion Factory when we were asked to bid on doing the visual effects for a film entitled Nightflyers. I remember reading the script and thinking it was dreadful, gory and had no real payoff for me as an audience, but we bid the project and lost out to another VFX company. Prior to that, there was a short story he wrote called Sand Kings that I wanted to adapt into a short film in film school.

Regardless of public stature or private relationship, the ability to allow others to tease you, privately or publicly, is an art that takes maturity, self confidence and a good sense of humor to take it in stride.

And when you develop that skill, then you are able to not only laugh with others at yourself, but also able to learn about things that others find humorous and perhaps, pick up a lesson along the way.

Life is so serious… try to laugh all the way through it. Don’t take yourself too seriously. It really makes a difference.

Happy Monday!

Please follow and like us:
Pin Share
Written by Brian Weiner
When I was 5 years old, I discovered that the lemon tree in the backyard + dixie cups + water and sugar and I was in business. I have been hooked on that ever since. In 1979, I borrowed $14,000 to create a brand new product... photographic greeting cards with no text on the inside, called Paradise Photography. That was the start of The Illusion Factory. Since then, The Illusion Factory has been entrusted by all of the major studios and broadcasters with the advertising and marketing of over $7 billion in filmed, live, broadcast, gaming, AR, VR and regulated gaming forms of entertainment, generating more than $100 Billion in revenue and 265 awards for creativity and technology for our clients. When I took a break from film school at UCLA to move to Hawaii, my mother did not lecture me. Instead, she took 150 of her favorite aphorisms and in her beautiful calligraphy, wrote them artistically throughout a blank journal. That is the origin of the Lessons from the Mountain series. Since then, on my journeys to the top of a mountain to watch the sunrise, I have spent countless hours contemplating words of wisdom from the sages of all races, genders and political persuasions, constantly accumulating the thoughts to guide me on my life path. I hope you enjoy my books. Please let me know your thoughts, as I highly value your feedback!