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Filmmakers Making A Social Impact: Why & How Filmmaker Jill Demby Guest Is Helping To Change Our World

Nobody knows anything. Yes, get advice, but no one can tell you exactly how your career or life is going to go. And it’s usually not a straight line. Miracles happen. When I wanted to leave film editing to become a director/producer I didn’t know how that was going to happen. But again, I got a call with the perfect opportunity I was looking for and ending up receiving an Emmy nomination for my first producing/directing work. Who knew??!!

  1. Nobody knows anything. Yes, get advice, but no one can tell you exactly how your career or life is going to go. And it’s usually not a straight line. Miracles happen. When I wanted to leave film editing to become a director/producer I didn’t know how that was going to happen. But again, I got a call with the perfect opportunity I was looking for and ending up receiving an Emmy nomination for my first producing/directing work. Who knew??!!
  2. Be nice to all the assistants you meet. Finally, it’s all about the relationships you develop along the way. I recall really wanting to do a biography show for television and I made friends with the assistant at the production company who became instrumental in getting me across the finish line.
  3. Do the work that fulfills you, not necessarily the work you are competent to do. Many of us have multiple talents. For a period, I was producing commercials for an ad agency, and it wasn’t really a fit. It was more of an administrative and oversight position, and I felt I was more of a creative. I would read through all the scripts and think, “I can do that.” So, I took it upon myself to write a variety of scripts for one of our client’s shows. I then set a meeting with the head creative director and showed him my scripts. He was impressed and gave me my first shot at writing. The rest is history. I never looked back.
  4. You can’t control the universe. Leave room for serendipity. Again, it was when I was at a crossroads. This seemed to happen every seven years. Out of the blue, or call it serendipity, the opportunity to make “And Now, Love” came along. Timing, luck, and good fortune were with me as all the pieces came together rather effortlessly. It was a fortuitous event. I started my own company, Dreamscape Entertainment, and put a stellar team together to help the dream come true. I thought it was a lucky break but as Oprah explains it, “I believe that luck is preparation meeting opportunity. If you hadn’t been prepared when the opportunity came along, you wouldn’t have been lucky.” And that couldn’t have happened without many years of creative and production preparation that allowed me the skills, wisdom and big picture thinking to see it through.

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Yitzi Weiner

A “Positive” Influencer, Founder & Editor of Authority Magazine, CEO of Thought Leader Incubator