A career in the film industry is never clear cut and the phrase “it is who you know, not what you know” has never been more apt.

For those of us not fortunate enough to be born into film royalty we have to put in some elbow grease. Talent and ongoing training are two elements, but something that is the key skill to your career success is networking. Your network is your net worth.

If you calculate your reach, how would you calculate your current net worth?

People are not commodities any never should be viewed as such, but we tend to collaborate with our connections or our connection’s connections. We are seeing people create tremendous careers in the industry that were previously unknown because they went…


Racism is finally in the global crosshairs and I can’t help but think back to all the times I foolishly thought we’d seen the last of it.

My first days in Hollywood come to mind. I’d hit town armed with a stack of spec scripts that I just knew would change the industry and I was on a mission to attach myself to the perfect agent. Well, any agent.

The hunt for decent representation is a demoralising labour fraught with heartbreak and loomed over by one terrible irony. By the time you are successful enough to land a big agent, your career is already so incandescent you don’t really need one. But there you go.

I don’t remember who pointed me to the office of Don Kopoloff…


We have great stories in our history. Filled with amazing heroes who overcame colossal forces of oppression. Most of these stories are based on power dynamics and the resultant struggles. Who has power over whom? Power in families, in the work place, relationships, religions, nations.

It doesn’t matter how big or small the story, power is at stake. Whether it’s the personal drama of a teenage girl struggling to make an identity free of her dominating mother or a young warrior fighting the tyranny of an intergalactic empire. The game is power.

Some say power is the greatest drug. No doubt that power is an unrelenting force.

Isn’t it interesting how deeply we responded cinematically to the Ring of Power in the Lord of the Rings trilogy? It was a perfect physical manifestation of the deeper truth. If you are given power — any power…


Most mythology is predicated upon an idea which, if examined, becomes patently absurd. For the myth that talented people come to Hollywood and get discovered to be true, there would have be people in Hollywood waiting around to discover other people. Those people do not exist.

I hadn’t thought it through that far, though. So I moved here. I was twenty-three years old and I showed up at the table imagining that I had already proven myself so talented that surely someone would have saved me a seat. My father, a professor of English and theatre, had taught me that…

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