If you are planning on starting out in the film industry, the most important thing to remember is this: you can’t have it all! If you are serious about becoming a professional filmmaker, you need to make sure you are not only getting your money’s worth on a creative level, but also be ready to start working immediately when you become a professional.
One of the things that makes a professional film producer more efficient than an amateur one is making the most from the small amount of money they do get. The biggest problem for someone starting out in film is that it is very difficult to do that. Some of the most effective ways to start and grow your film business is to take care of yourself with the following tips:
1. Know Yourself
It’s amazing to me that it hasn’t been written yet that you have to be a “complete asshole” to be successful. In fact, many people have stated that this is one of the key differences. It’s not just about not getting angry, but it’s how you actually handle the anger in order to make a lasting impression that is absolutely invaluable.
This is why there is a need for so many people to be able to understand themselves better before taking over a project they are not passionate about. It can be very intimidating not to know what to say and to ask yourself if doing so can be beneficial to the project they are working on. The key to it being worth it is realizing that you can never know your audience until you open your mouth.
I’ve seen a great point come out of this in another one of my blog posts; the reason why most of the films released this month have made less than $20,000 is because this has been the first time for people to really pay attention to the creative side of things. At this point, it can seem very simple to go to a professional’s home office and start working on a screenplay or shoot a piece of music, and then just write and shoot the movie in 3 weeks.
It’s important for most of us to ask ourselves: do I really want to do this? Even if it is just to make some quick change on my computer, do I really want that level of exposure to my audience until there’s an actual film? When you’ve answered YES to any question of this sort, you’ll know when you are really ready.
2. Understand Your Audience
In order to take care of yourself and start doing well in film, you need to