As a filmmaker, your goal is to get your movies seen and sold. The problem is, if you’re just beginning, nobody will take your calls or read your screenplays or produce your ideas. So how do you get noticed as a filmmaker?
When I first started, I did what you’re doing. I sent out countless query letters. I gave my screenplay to friends of friends of friends who knew (or at least claimed to) know someone in the industry. I checked my email and mail frequently… And guess what happened?
Nothing happened. Sure, I got the occasional rejection letter which sometimes included feedback. But most times, I sent work into the Hollywood abyss. That was pretty much the end of it. And as I type these words, I cringe at the experience. I sincerely dislike asking permission.
The turning point for me came when I realized the secret how to get noticed as a filmmaker. And the secret is this – And I guarantee many of you will not like it.
How To Get Noticed As a Filmmaker
In order to get noticed as a filmmaker, you need to stop asking permission. You need to stop sending out query letters. You need to stop hoping that someone will notice your brilliance and talent. You need to quit relying on someone else to do the heavy lifting.
Instead, you need to become your own production company and make the movie you can make this year. For some of you, that means you’ll make a two minute movie for YouTube. For other filmmakers, it means that you’ll have to put your twenty-million dollar blockbuster script in a drawer and make that low budget horror movie you’ve been thinking about.
By doing this, something amazing will happen. You will learn how to stop waiting around for everything to be perfect. Instead, you will gain the confidence that comes from doing. And ironically (and I don’t fully understand why the universe works this way) – as soon as you stop trying to get noticed as a filmmaker, you’ll get noticed.
If you need more inspiration, I suggest you grab a copy of my filmmaking book. I called it Filmmaking Stuff and it’s jammed-packed full of advice on how to get your movies made, seen and selling.