If you’ve been making movies for any length of time, you know that the idea of seeing your work on the big (or small screen) can be totally fun, exciting and (let’s be honest) challenging.
Over the past decade, I have experienced headaches, heartache, challenges and really, really crappy moments. But I have also experienced the awesomely surreal, super exciting moments that come when people watch my stuff and actually say good things.
Having spent many hours speaking to other filmmakers, I know that we are all driven to get our movies made, seen and sold. The problem is – sometimes life gets in the way. Bills need to be paid. And sometimes we put our filmmaking dreams on hold…
I have always found life easier to deal with, when I set exciting goals for myself. By writing down what you want, you can begin to get out of the crappy headspace and negative self doubt into a world where things seem possible.
To get your projects going, I think it is essential that you create a clear and exciting vision for yourself and your future… Because (believe me) you’ll need something exciting to focus on, should things get challenging…
Making a movies is a long term game. One of the mental attributes that all successful people share in common is a never ending ability to keep their eye on the prize. The secret formula for filmmaking success is patience plus unyielding persistence in a face of adversity.
What does your ideal future look like? In order to create meaningful success in both your filmmaking career and your life, it’s essential that you get a clear idea of what you want. This will involve setting some goals for yourself and writing them down. The following actions will help you hone in your movie ideas, your money ideas and also help you paint a picture of your ideal future.
- Take out some paper and write down three ideas for movies you want to make in your lifetime.
- How much money would you like to have?
- How much money do you have now?
- What will you do to get the money you need?
- The people you hang out with will influence your success. Are you hanging out with people who share your vision? Or, are you hanging out with negative people?
Once you get an idea of where you are and where you want to go, you can begin to take steps in your desired direction.