Once upon a time in a land not so far away (and, well, every second on social media), someone decided it would be a good idea to ask for something that served him and only him.
He decided that in order to succeed in life, he needed to collect all of the “things” that he needed to shine.
But he was mistaken.
See, this particular individual is misunderstanding the purpose of the ask: The value you bring to a person is based on their needs, not yours.
Go back and read that sentence again. Better yet, let me say it…
There’s no question we’re living in a golden age of content, especially as it relates to the streaming platforms. Netfix’s content budget for 2018 was $13 billion, with 85% of those dollars earmarked for original content. Amazon isn’t far behind with what was estimated to be a $5 billion spend last year. Both companies have plans to triple those budgets by 2022. And they’re not the only ones. …
If there’s one answer that every new screenwriter wants to know it’s how they can get their work in front of reps who can help them move the needle on their career. I can’t think of another question (outside of how one can legally protect a screenplay) I get asked more often.
During my latest video AMA on Stage 32, I decided to take the question head on. …
I recently hosted an AMA (Ask Me Anything) on Stage 32. Over 600 film creatives and business minded members were in attendance for what was 2 spirited hours of craft and business talk. Some of the topics we covered included:
We’ve all been there. We want advice. We want direction. We want a proven path. We want to be the best we can be in the pursuit of our passions or within the field of our chosen profession.
I’m sure you (much like me in the past) have spent countless hours performing Google searches searching for guidance…for answers. And by virtue of being out in front of Stage 32, I often speak with people who all seem to be trying to solve two problems with these efforts:
They’re starved for happiness
They’re seeking balance
Let’s take a look at the…
This is you. I know this is you because the headline above grabbed you and here you are, taking a few minutes to hang out with me.
That’s pretty awesome. I dig that.
But before you bookmark this page with the intention to go back and read it later (by virtue putting procrastination into practice), let me share with you a little nugget of truth:
One in five people procrastinate regularly.
Joseph Ferrari, a psychology professor at DePaul University in Chicago, conducted studies based on this I-don’t-feel-like-it phenomenon and stated, “Everyone procrastinates, but not everyone is a procrastinator.”
In order to thrive successfully on social media, we need to build genuine, meaningful relationships. Too often, however, many do not want to invest the quality time necessary to build the connections necessary toward expediting their path toward success. Are you a creative type? Perhaps you feel it’s safer behind a black mirror, away from the noise of the world. Are you a business type? You may not see the point of social media or realize that you need to educate yourself on best practices in order to create sound, beneficial relationships.
This needs to change. When you struggle to…
This past November, for the second straight year, I had the pleasure of leading the Producing Studio Films on an Independent Budget panel at the American Film Market (AFM). This was a lively and passionate discussion featuring both similar and diverging opinions on the current state of indie film producing, film financing and distribution.
Joining me on stage were four executives with years of experience working exclusively in the independent space. All brought remarkable insights as well as timely and actionable information to the proceedings. I’ve summarized some of their thoughts here:
Part of the challenge of building a crowd in support of a film project is understanding what inspires and moves the individuals within. If you’ve been thorough with your planning and honest with yourself in identifying the true scope of your target audience, your crowd will inevitably consist of people with varying interests and passions. For first time filmmakers — or those launching any content project for the first time — a common mistake is the belief that those interests and passions will be ignited by you and your talents instead of the subject matter of your film. …