No matter where you are in your filmmaking career, you know that hard work usually pays off. And while there are thousands of responsible people working in the movie industry, there are also just as many irresponsible and lazy people in Hollywood.
I’ve encountered people who have complained to me that others have stolen their scripts – only to find out that they never had a script, just a basic idea in mind that they never got around to writing. Their assumption is that they mentioned the idea to someone else who actually took it, developed it, and sold it as a screenplay.
What I Mean When I Say Lazy People In Hollywood?
See the problem there? Hollywood executives aren’t going to show up and pay a few million for a good idea. Instead, they need people that have already taken steps to create their projects in some form. In short, lazy people in Hollywood can hurt your career – and if you’re one of them, your career will never truly take off.
Here are some things to remember to help you avoid being one of those lazy people in Hollywood:
- Finish your projects, whatever they are. Whether it’s a script, a short film, or something else, start what you finish before you begin your next project.
- Keep learning. A career in Hollywood can involve a lot of different skills, from writing to directing to simple networking. Master your skills daily and learn how to become better at what you do.
- Get out there and actually make things happen. You aren’t going to magically have executives show up at your door – you have to put forth the effort to connect with them.
- Finally, stop whining. Too many lazy people in Hollywood just sit around complaining that they could have done a better version of a movie or that their idea is way better than that latest award winner. Complaining about this does nothing – work towards actually proving it!
It’s also important to remember that not only do you not need to be lazy, but that you also need to avoid associating or building relationships with lazy people in this industry. The simple fact is that they can drag you down – you finish everything on your side of a project only to find that they haven’t even started what they were supposed to do, for example. Or they take your hard work and try to pass it off as their own.
Simply put, you need to put forth plenty of hard work if you want to succeed here, but you also need to make sure that you don’t rely on others who are lazy. Keep these facts in mind and you’ll be better able to find success in this difficult but rewarding field.