Gone, But Not Forgotten: A Heartfelt Thank You To ‘Movie Pilot’

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This holiday weekend brought me a lot of joy, because it was the first Thanksgiving in quite some time where I had the privilege to spend time with my family. There’s a lot to be thankful for, but I want to write a special thank you to Movie Pilot and what they have accomplished over the years. What turned into a hobby of mine, became something so much more. Many writers have their own stories to tell. Here is mine… 

My Journey To Movie Pilot

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I’ll never forget the time when I first came across this website. About four years ago, I was working at a gas station and I stumbled upon a site called Movie Pilot. I always admired the art of film making and noticed that this was a website that showed a passion for all things movie related. As I was reading through all of the articles, I realized a constant trend that I found rather odd; nearly every one of the articles was by a different writer.

I found most of the articles very interesting and thought provoking. As I constantly read through all of the pieces I came across, I noticed a common thread. I realized that this was a website that anyone could write just about anything related to movies. I had just started my own movie blog, and decided to give Movie Pilot a try. After posting a couple of articles on the site, I noticed people giving me their thoughts about a piece of work myself wrote. It was the greatest feeling in the world and I have continued to write for Movie Pilot to this day.

Opportunities Came And Doors Opened

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After writing for the site for roughly 1.5 years, an amazing opportunity came. Movie Pilot began a program where you could sign up to become a paid writer or what they refer to as a “Verified Creator.” I was fortunate enough and proud to have been one of the original Verified Creators. We could write as little or as much as we wanted. It was very relaxed and allowed me to think of topics to write or speculate on. The program also allowed us to have our own personal editor who would help us become better writers and to improve on the work that we have written.

Not only did the program help me invest in a new laptop in which I currently use to write my articles on, but I have since become a better writer. Movie Pilot has allowed me to take all of my writing from college to a whole new level. Its given me the opportunity to write about something I love and voice my opinion to the world.

What I Enjoyed Most About Movie Pilot

Movie Pilot is known for the great content that they have published, but its the writers that deserve all of the credit. The site has brought out the best in all of us and all creators and the editors should be very proud of themselves. Though Movie Pilot has a distinct look to their site, it has since stayed fresh with all of the diverse writing styles provided by the Creators.

Movie Pilot isn’t just a website of collective writers. It’s also a community of people who are passionate about film and who express their thoughts no matter what others think or say. While there’s always going to be competition no matter what site you write for, Movie Pilot has helped bring out the best in all of us and taught us to work as a tightly-knit community. That’s the beauty of it. I’ve never once had an issue with another Creator because we are all that close. Thousands of fans from around the world have helped bring this community together and what a journey it has been for all of us.

My Visit To One of Movie Pilot’s Headquarters 

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A few months ago I took a much needed vacation to Los Angeles, California. Thanks to one of my wonderful editors Alisha Grauso, I had the opportunity to visit the Movie Pilot office. I was given the grand tour and met many of the amazing people who helped establish this site from the very beginning. It was a moment that certainly had me feeling a great deal of appreciation and gratitude to those who have brought Movie Pilot to life.

What’s Next?

As of right now, I’m not sure what the future holds. I do know one thing; I will not stop writing. Movie Pilot has gotten me this far, so there’s no reason for me to quit now. I wanted to take this time to express my appreciation for everything Movie Pilot has done for me. Last year I was given the amazing opportunity to attend a VIP treatment to Universal Studios Orlando’s Halloween Horror Nights and I had a blast. I was also given many opportunities to attend a couple of press screenings for certain films.

As the site comes to a close I wanted to give special thanks to a few people who have inspired and helped me on this incredible journey. I want to thank Andrew Marco and Dana Abeln for giving me all those cool gifts and t-shirts along with the press screenings you helped set up. I also want to thanks my original editor Eileen Holmes who helped bring out the best in my writing. I spent countless amount of hours rewriting and reshaping all of my work. But in the end it was all worth it and it has certainly helped me become a more improved writer.

I’d also like to thank a few others who I’ve gotten to know better over years; Marty Beckerman and Alisha Grauso. Thank you both for putting up with my very long and detailed oriented articles. Thank you for helping me shape my articles to what they should be. I have certainly learned from you both that less is more even when I sometimes get carried away in my piece. This is another attribute that I will continue to work on as I still feel that the best days are ahead of me.

I also want to thank all of the other Creators for the site who I’ve spoken to. You all have done an amazing job with your work and you should all be proud of yourselves. I’d like to wish you all the best of luck as all your writing careers are just getting started.

 

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