And the discussions weren't about Joe Blogs either - some of what was covered were the pros and cons of Film Groups, Networking events, Agencies & Institutions as well as the role and responsibility of the Individual Film & Theatre Practitioner to make things work.
Fellow creatives' have found themselves having to work on their own, trying to either create new projects or develop others after having potentially struck up working relationships / deals / contracts - to then find it was all a load of hype or that prospective partners didn't know what they were doing in the first place (This is obviously different from doing a solo project because it makes sense to do so from day one).
Like many others, I've definitely come across my fair share of BS Artists (and I mean both technical and creative people) in 2011 and before - but it's inevitable that everyone will experience this each and every year. The point I'm making however, is the one about working on shifting that mindset for the better ie. Looking at which projects worked and which ones didn't in previous months and years - drawing on those experiences - looking at your attributes, strengths and weaker areas and building on them all (through training / developing new skills and revamping old skills) then going ahead to plan other creative projects, discussing them with people that you respect and trust, or who've been recommended to you, so that you don't waste your time talking to losers and wannabees.
Then I reckon you'll obtain a better success rate at achieving your goals by being better informed and better prepared. All you have to do is work on that stamina ;O)
Lets hope that 2012 is a prosperous year for all and sundry!