Asking sufferers to “relax” or insisting “we all have anxiety issues” only tends to punctuate the crippling nature of the illness.

The above image was selected after careful deliberation. Anxiety takes many forms; two that are commonly overlooked is a lack of self-care, and a forced smile that is only infrequently convincing.

Many of us with experience in this field of study consider anxiety a “lost” mental illness due to its…


On October 19, 2021, more than three years following the tragic February 14, 2018 shootings at Florida’s Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, the families of both the deceased and the injured reached a $25 million settlement with the Broward County school district.

The following day, gunman Nikolas Cruz, who was…


This is not the first time.

The White House reported today that pharmacies, pediatrician’s offices, and some schools will soon offer Covid-19 Pfizer vaccines to children, pending final approvals from the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the FDA.

Though no word has yet been given if the effort will lead to mandatory vaccinations…


We handed the matter like adults, which may not always be possible in today’s judgmental environment.

I’ll state at the outset I believe in shades of gray, and regarding this particular scenario I hold no lingering resentment.

My principal had taken a shot based on honest emotion; I cannot blame her for that.

I first noticed a personal interest on her part during a school Christmas…


Los Angeles can be a hell of a town.

September 30, 2005. In what was billed as the San Fernando Valley’s 10th annual NecroComicon, a horror convention, a “special guest” was announced the day before the event: O.J. Simpson.

The news immediately hit the national press, boosting the promotion from a usually modest affair to now something notorious —…


I recently noticed an old friend had been sharing political advice on his social media platforms. Of course, there is nothing wrong there; I would be disingenuous if I said otherwise, especially as I have not exactly been shy in expressing my own political opinions.

But those with whom I…


Why you should listen to the naysayers, then prove them wrong.

Introduction

When people who care attempt to talk you out of a writing career, they may justify their argument by reminding you of your age.

“You’re too old,” some would say. “I’d rather you don’t waste your time or set yourself up for disappointment.”

Or, concerning others not so caring who…


I came so close to blaming myself … yet the mistake was not mine.

Finally.

Finally, after all the years of toil and sweat, you receive something more than mere “interest” for a screenplay over which you have fretted and endlessly revised.

Finally, for a few shining moments you are living the dream. You feel it. You experience it.

You’ve earned it.

You receive…


A closetful of hidden talent won’t get you anywhere fast.

High School was a misery.

Save for the release of 1977’s “Star Wars,” which fired my imagination unlike any piece of pop culture art before or since, those four years from ‘77–1981 were personally crippling.

I was an extreme introvert to the point of not wanting to leave the house…


My favorite saying in the entertainment business is, was and will always be: “It’s all bullshit until the check clears.”

Four months ago, I posted the following article on this platform:

“The Eternal Allure of Bullshit” went on to attain surprising popularity, receiving more comment and applause than my nearly 600 other articles for Medium.

As I’ve recently found myself offering film and television writing advice on Twitter to substantial…

Joel Eisenberg

Joel Eisenberg is an award-winning author, screenwriter, and producer. The Oscar in the profile pic isn’t his but he’s scheming. WGA and Pen America member.

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