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Introduction ............................................................................................................................... 4 Opportunity................................................................................................................................ 5 Section Overview ................................................................................................................... 5 Understanding Opportunity................................................................................................... 5 Missed Chances - Sound Familiar? ........................................................................................ 6 If I Could Only Give You One Tip ............................................................................................ 7 Yours for the Taking ............................................................................................................... 8 Proof This Works .................................................................................................................... 8 Stop Doing It on Your Own For Immediate Results ............................................................... 8 Always on the Lookout: ....................................................................................................... 10 Summary .............................................................................................................................. 10 Filmmaking ............................................................................................................................... 12 Overview of this Section ...................................................................................................... 12 Understanding Filmmaking .................................................................................................. 12 The Fundamentals of the Filmmaking Business .................................................................. 13 Why Are You Here? .............................................................................................................. 14 This Is Real Business ............................................................................................................. 14 Your Personality Gets You Noticed ...................................................................................... 15 Your Personal Resource Reserve ......................................................................................... 16 You’ve Got All the Time in the World .................................................................................. 17 Why We’re All Special .......................................................................................................... 17 Summary .............................................................................................................................. 18 Success ..................................................................................................................................... 21 Overview of this Section ...................................................................................................... 21 Top 10 Reasons for Success ................................................................................................. 21 Are You Listening to the Right People? ............................................................................... 22 I Bet You Know More Than You Think ................................................................................. 22 Wasting Time without Even Knowing It ............................................................................... 23 Avoiding the Dirty Bits ......................................................................................................... 24 Don’t Listen to the Big Guys… .............................................................................................. 24 I’m Worried I Can’t / Won’t Succeed ................................................................................... 26
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Knowledge Really Is Power .................................................................................................. 26 The Freebie Magnet ............................................................................................................. 27 Never On Your Own ............................................................................................................. 27 Summary .............................................................................................................................. 28 Final Thoughts .......................................................................................................................... 31 Overview of this Section ...................................................................................................... 31 A Few Last Words................................................................................................................. 32 Monitoring Your Success ..................................................................................................... 32 Factors That Hinder Success ................................................................................................ 32 Prepare Yourself................................................................................................................... 35 Everlasting Ideas .................................................................................................................. 36 Gradual Progress .................................................................................................................. 37 Keep Building Those Resources ........................................................................................... 37 Mistakes Are Good............................................................................................................... 38 I Can’t, Because… ................................................................................................................. 38 Summary .............................................................................................................................. 39
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The millionaire mindset is often hard to pick up on - normal people from normal backgrounds going on to be huge successes. What makes them different from those that don’t make the cut or achieve their goals, hopes and dreams for the future? Observe carefully and the answers become clear, and what’s more, without increasing your skill at a particular task you can gain far better results than the norm, just by changing the way you do them. Let’s explore the millionaire mindset of the filmmaker specifically over a number of topics, and look at exactly how this affects you and the way you’re doing business in a most positive way.
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and how you're about to make that happen for yourself. and it's likely that it'll do the same for you if you can keep an open mind. but it's hugely important in making films happen. or being too far away from your goals. it's coming straight from inside my head. This is not a step-by-step how to. opportunity is everywhere. how it presents itself to you. how I know that this is fact. something needs to change. To show you that no matter how idealistic it sounds.com All Rights Reserved Page 5 . how it relates to filmmaking and you as a success. making the job to reach them look huge. To lay the groundwork and introduce the concept of business contacts for future reports. now and into the future. the possibilities of achieving whatever you want is possible through business contacts and to demonstrate this process happening as we speak.filmmakeruk. © FilmmakerUK Ltd. when really. it's nothing more than a few steps away. and for good reason. and most importantly. To display the need to understand such concepts if being a success at anything is something you want to be. 2011 50 Things the Most Successful Business People Have in Common www. how to spot it. To overcome the fear of not being able to move forward. Understanding Opportunity Let me start off by saying that this is report is totally unplanned.Opportunity Section Overview To demonstrate that to move forward. My aim here is to let you know a little bit about my personal thoughts relating to opportunity. To show you that scientifically. To help explain exactly how you are in complete control of your situation. To get you up off the chair and creating opportunity for yourself with the knowledge that it will move your forward towards your goals quickly and effectively. To display how your situation can change in an instant. if you haven't been doing so recently.
How long will it take you to get your project picked up? Who knows. or gone ahead with your idea? This is something that I like to look out for in the filmmaking world and turn it on its head.filmmakeruk. because we'd all have exactly what we wanted already if we helped each other out a little more. and how to take advantage of it. I read about a scientific study of sorts (that you may or may not be familiar with) that suggests every single person in the world. instead. opportunities are indeed out there.com All Rights Reserved Page 6 . no matter where they are. to the other person living in the mountains in a far off country with his animals in seven jumps. you're a filmmaker. what country they're in or what language they speak. Delving into a little bit of reasoning before we get started let me ask you a quick question. or someone you wish you'd met when you had the chance. a friend of a friend of a friend and so on. myself included. but who you know’. I'm big on making contacts and creating mutual business partnerships with other filmmakers and people in the film industry that benefit both parties. Now. looking at the present. Whether this theory is dead accurate or not. but have you ever pondered where you might be if you'd just gone for it and taken up the offer. is connected and knows you through a chain of seven people. My first point here is a very important one. an opportunity to meet someone really interesting. no matter how desperate the situation. which is a shame. Through research and a little bit of juggling here and there. or anything relating to missed opportunities. and you should take a little bit of time out to see this. or failed to take part in an activity that you wish you would have taken part in? How about a more long-term view? Let’s say you dwell on something that's happened in the past that you wish you'd done differently.Missed Chances . They took this random hermit type guy that lives a very solitary life in the mountains of a far off country. I’m pretty sure we've all done that. All day. and picked out a person in the London area to test this. I rarely see anyone actually make this effort consistently and on a long term basis. earning a couple of thousand pounds a month. which we can't do without first being able to spot the potential that arises from particular situations. Have you ever woken up one day and realized that you totally missed a great opportunity the night before? Maybe it was a promotion. However. 2011 50 Things the Most Successful Business People Have in Common www. where and how this happens. every day new opportunities present themselves. they managed to get from this person in London. the big contacts © FilmmakerUK Ltd. and you'll immediately notice that they aren't as far away as you might think. and I think it's really important that a filmmaker can understand when. Let’s imagine for a moment. Let me explain.Sound Familiar? ‘It's not what you know.
someone else will.and deals that could catapult you right up there through mutual agreement and benefit could be just one or two conversations away. If I Could Only Give You One Tip It Would Be This This is my first point to every single filmmaker out there. Imagine this process repeating itself again and again. this is what I'd tell them. floors and all. Each one has ten times more promotion power. ten times the income. Page © FilmmakerUK Ltd. or become your long term business partner. all kinds of opportunities. This is how the big guys out there make things happen. for example.filmmakeruk. Opportunities exist. The potential power of this is huge. Look at it this way.com All Rights Reserved 7 . looking for advice. it'll be someone else. Let’s take just ten filmmakers. Imagine the room you're sitting in is painted pure white from top to bottom. and they assist each other. whether it be an intentional. then a blue pen for each one of your friends’ friends. If that's not you. which brings me on to the next point. solutions and new partnerships are out there ripe for the taking. If I had five minutes to talk to every single person within the film industry. they make their contacts. This is you. but seriously. they need to be taken advantage of at every step. Now take a thin nib pen. things that might not have even been thought about. Whether they just give you a new perspective on things. learn from and become mutual successes. it's closer than you think and it's waiting for someone to pick up and take it to the next level. and draw a small black dot on your wall. and at the same time become a success. Don't get me wrong. a big group of people are making sure each other is successful. it's there. 2011 50 Things the Most Successful Business People Have in Common www. each one a different person from a different walk of life that you have a chance to meet. ten times the chance of meeting new contacts to increase their chances further. and so on. They don't do things alone. Now take a red pen and place a small dot above yourself for each one of your friends. See all those dots? Each one is an opportunity. Don't wait for them to come to you. I'm not saying you'll wake up tomorrow with an e-mail in your inbox that'll answer all your problems. or purely circumstantial meeting. They're everywhere and if you want to be a great success. get out there and dig them up. until your wall is full. Your new business partner could be waiting for you just around the corner and you could meet at any time. whatever it is. or whether they give you a small helpful tip. If you don't take them.
in long. Don't get me wrong. Don't hesitate. and that's that it's give and take.Yours for the Taking To each one of these people you have something to offer. We'll be talking a little later about how to make contacts. and you'll see the results of a team effort. FilmmakerUK. is that I'm talking in a purely business sense. and hook you up with a massive marketing campaign or fan base to their list? Stop Doing It on Your Own For Immediate Results The potential here is totally massive. All we're looking at is trades that are mutually beneficial to each party. with these rather black and white examples. buyer. simply because I believe that it's the path to total success in whatever you're trying to do. it's likely you'll be giving them something and they'll be giving you something valuable in return. Who was that person you just brushed arms with? Was it the guy that's going to tell his friends about your business and what you do. as they no doubt have something to offer to you. It's yours to take right now.com All Rights Reserved Page 8 . is that the opportunity is out there if you're willing to take it and the results can be huge. and they're ready for you to take them in whatever form you wish. I'm not suggesting that you should go out and make friends with the whole of the world’s population. jump up and grab it with both hands. medium and short term in terms of both profit and in terms of the advantages and new opportunity branches that you open up. Imagine you're walking down an isle in a crowded shopping mall. marketer? Is this the woman that's going to give you a free beauty consultation in the future? Is it the guy that's going to tell his friend about your business. © FilmmakerUK Ltd. ‘Ah. This is the most important thing that I believe I can show you. Hold up though. came to be. 2011 50 Things the Most Successful Business People Have in Common www. If you see something you like. there's something very important that you should know about this connection making process. but I really want to make it clear how these opportunities are there. and most likely many other sites and businesses before and after it. Even if it seems like you're getting a pay cut of sorts in the short term. Proof This Works One more small analogy and I'll tell you a little story about how this very site. don't sit back and say. One thing I would like to say before we go any further here. and actual methods of doing so. leading to a new potential investor. that's pretty cool’. Stop trying to do things on your own. All I'm suggesting here. This type of business has been around for so long now. and I don't advise anyone else do that either. In a business sense. I don't seriously look at everyone I meet as a new money-making machine.filmmakeruk.
and just by me not trying to do everything on my own. I'll scratch yours. just by word of mouth. This has happened non-stop since initial contact with people in the filmmaking world. I'm not about to test this. as well as meeting these two big marketers. Right now. you scratch my back. one single example that bred 10+ new hard-hitting contacts. Remember also not to view everyone you meet as an opportunity for making wads more cash. are you working on your own? Are you open or closed to new contacts? Next time something comes up that sounds good to you. Next time something comes up that sounds good to you. remember this story. and several others. Think about where different situations could take you and your business. greeting and talking to people in the same field of business as myself.filmmakeruk. © FilmmakerUK Ltd. Not only did I end up starting FilmmakerUK with three of these people. time for a real world example for you. through just attending some of their consultations and participating in their community. I should also point out at this point that what I just gave you was one example. As long as you've picked up this number one point that opportunities are out there. 2011 50 Things the Most Successful Business People Have in Common www. If you take nothing away from this site other than this report. whether it's a similar situation or under totally different circumstances. Do it. and your wall painted with different coloured dots. Kind of a mutual unsung rule. in a business environment. It's a give and take process. never expect something for nothing. take it up on the spot and see where it takes you. at the time I was spending most of my business day just talking to new people and testing marketing strategies for my own potential online business.com All Rights Reserved Page 9 . I also found myself in contact with big list owners and article writers. Just by talking. meeting. Now at the time I didn't really see these people as an opportunity. I was just going with the flow really. Nothing major really went on. but I highly doubt it would do wonders for anybody’s social life. How did FilmmakerUK come to exist? It all started in 2007 when I joined a membership website by two big name marketers. and always mutually beneficial. Anyway. I'd be happy in knowing how many options you've opened up for yourself and will again in the future. and most of all. but it’s started off a whole chain of events which is just going to carry on going. Bear in mind I wasn’t actively seeking out any of this.Ok. and keep in mind this may well happen to you. and bringing me in contact with loads of people in the world where I want to make a difference. don't pass it by and wonder what would have happened if you said ‘yes!’. this is just an example. So let me ask you. Don't get me wrong. Forget how much is earned and through who and when.
or left with an unsolvable problem. every day new opportunities present themselves to us. I need you to understand that you are in total control of what you're doing and what you're going to choose to do in the future. and many don't even notice it happening. and their friends’ friends on the wall earlier.com/watch?v=UfA3ivLK_tE.youtube. Your aim isn't to use everyone you meet. and a new situation presents itself. and every day from now on. to another. Like I demonstrated earlier. This is the only way that you'll get the best out of this report and create an abundance of awesome ideas for your project. leave your options open and you'll never be left stuck in a rut. do you think you could get yourself acquainted with just a few words through other friends? Too right you could. © FilmmakerUK Ltd. it's who you know. Summary 1. 3. Always create opportunities for yourself. Your aim is to do business as effectively as possible. one thing led to another. Remember. everything is in your hands and it's your choice is the first step to understanding how you’re going to move forward. understanding you have so much control. Just like you drew those dots connecting your friends. Be open to new ideas and the new information that’s coming your way – keep your mind open to new ideas. and ultimately whether or not you're working towards being a success. 2011 50 Things the Most Successful Business People Have in Common www. Did you Spot the Gorilla? Check out http://www. or even ten years later? Kind of like viewing your whole life up to this point as one big long line. You want it to happen. because ultimately it will lead to your success. no matter how strange you may think this report is for a filmmaker. It's not what you know. All day. We need to wake you up and open your eyes to this happening around you right now. to another. in a year. think to yourself: Where could this take me? What new situations will arise right away. Start Today and you will see results.Always on the Lookout: Try It for Yourself Tomorrow Morning & See What Happens… So when you wake up tomorrow. to another and so on. but it's up to you to take those steps. the above example is an extreme one. Don't be afraid to get involved. your project. you go and do it.com All Rights Reserved Page 10 .filmmakeruk. to choose where your line goes next. and to select who you're going to meet. One thing I do need you to understand though to complete this concept is that you are in control. This is totally relevant to your business. 2. if you were to pick any one of them.
at the end of it. from this point onwards. let me ask you. This opportunity spotting and taking is the key to your success. On that same note. The same is true with marketing. but one thing I can most definitely tell you without a doubt. If you want to be a success. Remember your friends’ dots that you drew on the wall? 10. Sometimes you may feel that your goals. See how your success is closer than it appears? 7. is to control it.filmmakeruk. any situation at all. where could this take me if I say yes. scientifically. When you wake up tomorrow and any situation presents itself. if you wanted to. just understand the concept. If we assume that the first step to being a success is about making contacts. 6. and even though you can't predict where it's going to lead. Everyone that you want to contact in the future for a mutually successful business relationship is right there and is reachable through someone you know. it doesn't have to be just meeting people. no one else. where could it take me if I do this instead of watching TV. take it in. Opportunity can come in all shapes. Where will this take you? Who knows. Remember.) 9. and know it exists. How are you going to be a success in the filmmaking business? Through the same scientific process of controlling where you want to go instead of waiting for opportunity to come to you. towards your goals. not to mention how you'll immediately see your rapid forward movement in the direction that you want to be going in. 8. forms and sizes. It's in your hands and totally down to you. 5. think. I don't know. is that it's going to take your forwards. you'll always have more than you started out with. you have the control here. © FilmmakerUK Ltd. don't worry about specifics for now. and you'll never be stuck in a rut. who could I meet if I go here instead of taking an extra lie in after a late night. On top of this. I have never met anyone successful in the filmmaking world that does not or has not at one time or another used this tactic to his or her advantage.4. take up everything you can as often as you can.com All Rights Reserved Page 11 . 2011 50 Things the Most Successful Business People Have in Common www. for even more re-enforcement of how you can put this effect to good use. and it's frustrating because it's going to take too long to reach them. could you get an introduction to your friend’s friend that you've never met before? I bet you could with a few words. What did you do when you just asked your friend earlier for an introduction to another friend? You controlled who you were meeting. everything you want and could ever want is never more than seven steps away from you. hopes and dreams are too far away for your liking. Don’t do everything on your own. (We'll also be talking more about this later. you don't know. Use and apply this technique. I want you to use it too. Always create options and opportunities for yourself in this way. plain and simple.
filmmakeruk. downs. To lay down on the table the two most important things you should have in your mind and be carrying with you through everything you do related to your business or project. it's been one heck of a ride with ups. Not just what you're getting yourself into. and where you want to be in the future. © FilmmakerUK Ltd. but what we've all dived in to headfirst.com All Rights Reserved Page 12 Looking back. and not to mention. Understanding Filmmaking I'd like to take the time out to talk about what you're getting yourself into. why you're doing this. I've seen people that seem to know almost everything. To explain how we as filmmakers are all multi-skilled masters of creation.Filmmaking Overview of this Section To share the base need to know knowledge before moving on to specific & detailed filmmaking. Let me tell you. instead of a long drawn out positive thinking and goal setting processes. even since 2007. To make sure you know exactly what you're letting yourself in for. and I've seen many people fail and just give up. countless methods and guides for success. the fascinating world of filmmaking. I've seen a lot in this business – and before since 1995. even if you don't feel that way. To demonstrate that it's far easier to move your business forwards. To decrease anxiety through opening up your mind to doing the opposite of what you've probably been doing for most of your life as far as deadline setting is concerned. I've seen people succeed in achieving their dreams and goals. To induce the correct mindset for success through answering three quick questions about yourself. I've seen friends have amazing successes starting from the very bottom and working their way up. where you are now. 2011 50 Things the Most Successful Business People Have in Common www. When I first got going with filmmaking I noticed . major ups and major downs. and in the direction you want it to go. than many have led you to believe through other guides and scare tactics.
because of course building a strong base is extremely important for the short term. fame. © FilmmakerUK Ltd. I started to realize things. This is a really important section. I then decided. Of course I won't bore you and relay everything that I learned in college and university.com All Rights Reserved Page 13 . In a way. if I ever write about filmmaking. the basics of business seem to have been forgotten. and so on. just in terms of survival. Kind of rules that you shouldn't deviate from. Real facts that you should keep in mind while in the filmmaking business. The Fundamentals of the Filmmaking Business The thing with filmmaking is that anyone anywhere can start his or her own project or business. This is why I want to talk about you. Why you're doing what you're doing. 2011 50 Things the Most Successful Business People Have in Common www. what you want and how you plan to get it before going any further. You don't need a huge amount of cash to put down for a property. I remember back in the day saying to myself 'When I make it and reach my goals. This is great. and you don't need to buy stock. because to be honest. this is true. and most importantly how to go about this correctly on the ground floor. barely any of it applies to the real world of business. As I progressed building my projects and my business. but they forget about themselves. Everything here I've seen and learnt at various stages of my business and filmmaking development and would like to pass directly to you before we even get started to provide you with a base for your knowledge. What I really want to get into in this section is You. or put down a large sum of money for storage. In fact. and that was the high rate of failure. quit their jobs and live the good life. never mind total and utter success. Everything you're about to read is very background-like information. Things you should always have in your head while working your business and your projects. and their eyes light up. but aren't necessarily practical jobs that you can get on with right now. I started to look back at the people I'd met that had dropped out early on before achieving their goals and a few things started to jump out at me. I'm going to include a report entitled 'Things I Wish I Knew Before I Started'. perhaps. what to expect. One thing that I find with the filmmaking business is that people see the opportunity there to make a whole load of cash and have fun. People were going about their filmmaking business totally blind to the fundamental flaws that they were creating for themselves. and moving up the ladder as it were and gaining more experience. testing my own methods. They see the potential for money and.something a little scary.filmmakeruk. the first thing that I'm going to talk about in FilmmakerUK is the fundamentals of business. but somewhere along the way.
or any problems that may arise with your business in the future. food and copy (which is illegal). Why have you decided to start your own business in filmmaking? Why make a film at all? Maybe it was the promise of some extra cash. Don't let this happen to you. the opportunity is there for everyone. which is done simply by answering those three questions.Why Are You Here? First up. Do you want to go all the way and quit your job in the future? Or maybe you have some other motivation? This is the basis of setting goals. remember it. I want to touch on something that I still see every day. 2011 50 Things the Most Successful Business People Have in Common www. Why are you here? When you've answered that question. updated and well a truly embedded in your mind. in the same situation and wondering why you haven't moved forward. but let me explain. but it doesn't seem to sink in that they're actually starting their own business. you may find yourself waking up in five years’ time. Some people like to create whole elaborate plans around their goals. The answer to this question is what's going to spur you on and keep you going and moving on up the ladder and on the right path. The problem I see every day is. why are you here? Really ask yourself that question.filmmakeruk. it's not time consuming but it is an extremely important part of your success. your name in shining lights. Any tough times you come across. © FilmmakerUK Ltd. It's likely because you didn't set yourself a goal. I'm sure you've seen many short films done on no budget. in the same place. It's not hard. sitting in the same chair. or for only credit. Quick and simple. You're starting or building a business. I want you to remember what you're doing here. and to be honest. but for now we'll leave it at that. Keep it filed. raising that Oscar. that BAFTA. without this motivation. All you ever need to do is ask yourself those three questions. as we already mentioned earlier. but look at it this way.com All Rights Reserved Page 14 . and loads of adverts on Shooting People asking for crew to work for nothing. it does make me wonder. remember why you're here and why you're doing this and why it is worthwhile. This Is Real Business Next up. a walk down the red carpet. I can understand how you'd be a little miffed about someone starting a business that didn't know they were doing so. Why am I here? What do I want? How do I plan to get it? Basic? You may think so.
based in fact is that if you have put in the extra effort with something. or it just won't happen for you. career-wise. it's just not enough. what we sound like and it gives FilmmakerUK some personality. you have to remember above all to be business-like and professional at all times. but on its own.filmmakeruk. they will buy from you or invest with you in the first place. and the sales letters for new products or services that I read on a daily basis. tv series). chances are it's not up to scratch and it's not going to do you any favours. Taking the above idea of being professional at all times. investors and end consumers will notice. 2011 50 Things the Most Successful Business People Have in Common www. money-wise.com All Rights Reserved Page 15 . Your Personality Gets You Noticed Here comes the fun part. Do these guys know that they're supposed to be running a business? Don't hate me yet. The major point I'm trying to make here is to understand fully what you're getting yourself into. and that is. Always. I see this more and more.. most importantly though. With the anonymity of internet and the number of films on it. This is really important for the success of any filmmaker. the worries of any potential investor need to be squashed as quickly as possible. etc. you have some insight into us and who we are. and having read the introduction so far. You know the source of © FilmmakerUK Ltd. re-edits.It really makes me think when I watch those films. I know that sounds very opinionated. Professionalism is all good. If you create something and don't feel totally comfortable with it. I'm not saying you have to go overboard with re-writes. always keep your work professional and top quality if you want to get off the starting blocks. inject your own personality. the reports I'm sent by people. you may feel that this next point is a contradiction in terms. A good filmmaker knows that as well as having a good product (film. or short term. or they’re just going to turn off and move along. and they will remember you. and it sure helps get to know people and meet new contacts and form business relationships. but its roots are based in fact. long term. Would you buy these films even if they were totally amazingly great? Very rarely. everyday with the e-zines I get through my mail. but my personal belief. you're reading this. There’s just no market for that sort of thing – especially now with YouTube. As far as I'm concerned right now. free time wise. All the questions you ask yourself before buying something about the person that's selling to you and the project itself need to be answered and answered well. Vimeo and all the other freebie sites out there.
because. Right now. you don't misunderstand what I'm showing you as 'do everything a hundred times over and spend a week on every little section until it's perfect'. which is especially apparent when creating projects with a co-production partner. stop reading. you would just be reading another boring bundle of text that didn't have any background or meaning. you don't want to find yourself three quarters of the way through development. creating your treatment or elevator pitch. being a professional and respected businessman or businesswoman doesn't mean you have to go about your work in a boring way. and that's the last thing we want. just to find out that you've run out of time or cash.them. as well as your business. When you consider not all projects that you create have a time limit. Every single project that you create. in fact keep it in mind whatever you're doing. but in a professional sense. but it will keep your customers reading and coming back to you for more. not good for either of us. I'm writing to you. a year or maybe more.filmmakeruk. If we didn't do this. the answers to 'How much time does it take?' is easy. and take away a negative experience with our names attached to it. and you'd lose out. It will not only help people remember you and build your personal brand. We didn't want to create a tedious experience for you. let’s face it. Remember. Here’s a slightly more direct example for you. get bored. Something that's very important to me here is that in light of the last section on professionalism. 2011 50 Things the Most Successful Business People Have in Common www. as much time as you can spare. I'm sure you're getting the idea now. How much time do you have to devote? Do you need more? How much cash do you have to put down? Do you need more? Similar projects sometimes require diverse panning and bring up very different situations. and talking to you as if I was talking to a friend. your pitch document. Your Personal Resource Reserve The next important section I want to talk about is your resources. We'd lose out.com All Rights Reserved Page 16 . or decide to pitch to someone else is going to bring its own revelations with regards to cost and the time out of your schedule that it takes. and you can spread that work load out over the course of a month. keep that in mind when you're creating your own sales letters. alongside the professionalism. two months. and throughout the rest of the report. Not good. otherwise it'd turn into another random and boring faceless block of text telling you what to do. Inject your own personality. © FilmmakerUK Ltd. and this is something very important that should be taken into account in the planning process.
They're not super rich.filmmakeruk. but again they have a great base to work from. We create the script and story. we design and build a business case around it. Granted you can have line producers build your budgets for you. we set up co-productions. we plan the project. and customer service.I want you to know though. You may not think it if you've been on the scene a while. My point here is don't set yourself a target of a multi-million pound project within six months. you need to stop setting yourself deadlines right now.com All Rights Reserved Page 17 . you will earn as much as you want to earn if you take the professionalism point into account at every turn. this isn't to say it can't happen real quickly. To sum up. © FilmmakerUK Ltd. We write our own sales material in the form of pitch documents and whatever else people need. All of us are special in that we are so skilled and probably don't even notice it. Remember the first point we talked about? Why are you doing this? This is your primary goal. but we're special. You’ve Got All the Time in the World I know many people that earn between thirty and eighty thousand pounds a year. you are. This isn't to say it can't happen. Why We’re All Special The fourth fundamental I want to talk to you about is about our skills. Throw all your time limits out the window right this moment. but you have to stop setting yourself time limits. Take a look at what creating the average project takes us through. copywriters write your sales material and so on. We do it. I want to reassure you now that it is achievable and you're not wasting your time reading this. but if you're going to make it. Yep. A little of each is good to start out with. because all it does is add to your frustration and anxiety of only having so many days or weeks left to reach your goals. 2011 50 Things the Most Successful Business People Have in Common www. something profitable and a film business to be proud of because of small time constraints or budgetary concerns. You name it. it all falls to you. that you're not gated from creating something big. but if you're just starting out at the beginning of development and don't have that kind of cash to spend. and don't be downhearted if you're not as rich as you hoped within the first few months. we follow-up. do business admin. Just work towards it and you will get there. we advertise our own projects. and find talented people to work with.
There’s no longer any need for large amounts of investment to get started. confused and probably still no better off. My second point here is it's very rare that you'll want to have something done and there isn't someone out there to do it for you if you can't do it yourself. you'll end up tired. Nowadays anyone can start their own filmmaking business. Everything here is I believe a great base of knowledge for your business. If you really did look at yourself. you are a businessman. however. It is all worth it. type or way of doing things that suits you. Let me tell you now. Want proof? Try it. everything you're doing. Never forget that.This isn't a problem. A space-filler this is not. let me explain. everything you want to achieve. run down. they would be the number one things I'd be happy to know this time around. Whether it's more money you're after. I now know for sure you are 100% totally and completely comfortable with your position.com All Rights Reserved Page 18 . or maybe at a later date. You know in a very general format how you're going to get there. and you also know what you're capable of. or businesswoman. that weren't so apparent last time. If some things are still unclear. Go easy on yourself. or more time to spend with your family. Information overload is bad. Ok. Don't give up on ideas because they seem too out of your league. but this time really ask yourself the questions and have answers before moving onto the next one. © FilmmakerUK Ltd. You know where you're going. but the one thing I want to get across to you before moving on to the next sections is to keep things structured. and if you try to be the best at everything.filmmakeruk. Read it over again if you have to. 2011 50 Things the Most Successful Business People Have in Common www. and told me to start again. All they need is an idea. For this reason people forget that they're running a business. and just look at it as a quick way to make some extra cash. Summary 11. and watch what happens. The above section may have seemed a little messy and a little jumpy as far as subjects are concerned. if someone took my business away today. feel free to go over the report again. One of the main problems is people going about their business totally blind to the fundamental flaws of what they were creating for themselves. there is a business size. and a relatively small amount of cash. have done and will do. one final point to make before we finish here. If the reasoning behind this report isn't immediately clear.
It's the difference between you moving forward. Don't get hung up on setting yourself deadlines. We write our own sales material. You need a set goal. and will slow you down. if you want to be noticed and remembered. Why are you here. No goals means no motivation. If you want to stand out. Without this level of professionalism it just won't happen for you. even if it's just seven hours a week to start with. you're trusted. How much time do you have? Do you need more? The answer is you can put in as much time as you have to spare. 17. Inject your personality. don't be afraid to put a little of yourself in there. You're not gated from creating a cracking project just because you don't have masses of time to spare or have budgetary concerns. 16. Think about your resources. and always think one hundred and ten percent professionalism if you're seriously looking to get anywhere. Professionalism is a must at all times. 20. A good filmmaker knows that as well as having a good project. You can spread the work over a longer period of time. and you will get there. Always think business. Similarly. you'll make an impression. Goal setting at least. Deadlines equal anxiety. which means you'll never reach it. These need to be squashed as quickly as possible. It has to sink in that you're starting or building your own business. this is not a toy. we advertise © FilmmakerUK Ltd. Everything has to be the best work you've ever done. Jack-of-all-trades. Set a goal and work towards it. 15. This is not a game. or something for you to show your friends.com All Rights Reserved Page 19 . 14. 2011 50 Things the Most Successful Business People Have in Common www. We are all special. and it's there for one reason and one reason only. 18. if you're remembered.filmmakeruk. frustration. 19. they have to eliminate any worry from the investors’ minds when they review your proposal. no set goals means chasing something that you want that’s always getting bigger and better. always think business owner.12. and why are you doing what you're doing right now? What do you want to get out what you're doing right now? This is all goal setting requires. This just requires you to answer a few questions. After all. It's entirely your creation. because this is going to be your driving motion that’s going to push you towards success. and that is to achieve your goals and improve your life. Think about these right now. No matter how much people don't like the whole positive thinking and goal setting frame of mind. and staying where you are right now. no motivation means waking up in five years time and wondering why you're in the same place. Don't throw a good idea out the window just because you can't finish it in a few days. If you're trusted. and further away. we don't have a massive staffing base to do stuff for us until we reach production. you have to do it. 13.
Congratulations. 21. because if you can now answer the three questions – What am I doing here? Why am I doing it? What do I hope to achieve? – then you’re in the prime mindset to continue.filmmakeruk. but again. 2011 50 Things the Most Successful Business People Have in Common www. We do it. do business admin. don't throw away an idea just because you don't know how to do something.and sell our own projects.com All Rights Reserved Page 20 . It's highly likely there’s going to be someone out there that you can hire for parts of the project that you can't do. 22. and customer service. You name it. © FilmmakerUK Ltd. You will pick up many skills along the way. we follow-up.
To show you that no matter how good any previous guides sounded. aren't something you can go to © FilmmakerUK Ltd. To discuss previous advice and guides that you may have read and what some filmmakers will tell you to get you to listen to them. I'm going to show you as many reasons as I can think of why filmmakers are struggling so that you can actively spot and solve them immediately. they can't help you. and to give you a heads up on the number one reason that this could be stopping you dead in your tracks. To show you that there are always parts of filmmaking that someone doesn't enjoy. Many are struggling. If they're telling you a particular phrase which has become all the rage lately. After all. It’s a fact. There are a lot of reasons why this may occur. through a plethora of situations through no fault of their own. no matter how nice and kind they are to you.Success Overview of this Section To discuss the top reasons for success and failure. In my experience a very common mistake – I also landed in this sticky trap. and some of the problems we’ve all had to overcome on our journey. they weren't telling you the whole story. let’s look at this in a different light. To show you how to move on and how not moving on could leave you attempting to launch the same project for years to come with very little success. the realities in the market. I want to talk through with you some of the most common.com All Rights Reserved Page 21 . to try and identify any of these features in the way you work and to stamp them out before we get into the serious promotion of your project later in this area. 2011 50 Things the Most Successful Business People Have in Common www. To talk about the way we all spend our day and our routines as self-employed. and they didn't work. if you followed them.filmmakeruk. Top 10 Reasons for Success Greetings! And welcome to the section where we'll be looking at some of the reasons why some are successful and some are not. in the business. To demonstrate that you probably know more about filmmaking and marketing/ selling than you think. Rather than being a totally negative report in which I tell you why you're not being as successful as you'd like. and how a simple problem with the transition from skivvy to complete control could be holding you back.
is you already knew how to do everything but didn't get the work done for some reason. this guy is big and makes a load of cash. tested and complete is another matter altogether. nothing to get aggravated or annoyed about. and got me thinking. trying to point someone to a high priced product is not always easy to do.com All Rights Reserved Page 22 . text books you've purchased or even been given? It's all too easy to find information about filmmaking. let’s start looking at some of the reasons some filmmakers are more successful than others and some of the solutions if you're having a particular problem. let’s move on. Are You Listening to the Right People? The first one I'd like to talk to you about is your choice of guide. I’d best stop doing that. If you have any friends in the business. 2011 50 Things the Most Successful Business People Have in Common www. point it out to them. Don't get me wrong I'm not knocking other products but understand if you want a guide that shows you all the tips and trade secrets it sure isn't going to cost you £25. or anyone you know to be making this mistake.’ That's the exact effect we're looking for here. but whether that information is good. Hey. and mistakes will be made. It was a great motivator and sometimes that's just © FilmmakerUK Ltd. It's nothing to be embarrassed about. but already knows everything he is teaching. tried. This spurred me on quite nicely and turned out to be the boost I needed to get to this stage of my development. text book(s) and/ or mentor. or they read about something before but were never sure how to actually go about doing things. until one day I bought someone else’s product which kind of put me straight. It's unfortunate that many filmmakers on the outside of reports such as these don't understand that they're not being told the whole story. I'd like you to really focus on what's being said and be on the lookout for examples that sound like you. because it just sounds like sales talk. when people start out. and what I'm telling them contradicts what's been written.filmmakeruk. or even being told incorrect information. Unfortunately.school or to college for and be taught (although they should be!). but I digress. this is a guarantee. it's solely something for you to think ‘wow. the more you spend the better quality you get. Did you ever feel like someone wasn't quite telling the whole story with previous guides. There are plenty of reasons for this. Generally. Often. So without further delay. Whilst reading through. they tell me that they've been reading this free e-book they were given. nothing more. When we start out we're all feeling our way in the dark. but let me say I experienced this one too. that sounds like me. I Bet You Know More Than You Think Big reason number two. or something you might do.
how much you get done over how much time. That's it. Here's another more recent example of this.what people need to spring into action again. I'd suggest at the very least you might want to draw up a timetable for your work days. ‘hey. flicking through the tracks on my MP3 player between each song trying to find the good ones and so on. Wasting Time without Even Knowing It Moving on.’ Intrigued I did as she said. you know. and wrote.filmmakeruk. © FilmmakerUK Ltd. and set yourself goals to avoid this. then report back to me in the morning. keep a timetable. Sit down. Don't get me wrong. I'm not calling you lazy. Taking a look around on my desk now I have my keyboard. The best thing about this is there are no distractions. Came back the next day and she demonstrated to me how much time I was wasting doing irrelevant things: catching news reports on TV. Next time you're doing a big job such as writing a report. a set of goals. you might just find the pace of things pick up. and came out with 60+ pages. remove all distractions and just work. a watch. This is something I kept in mind with this report. I know you want to move forward or else you wouldn't be reading this right now. going to grab some food. and I get work done. I'd suggest doing something similar with your projects too. I've been working on this report now and some software at the same time for a few weeks. for 2 hours. 2011 50 Things the Most Successful Business People Have in Common www. and the reason we have the goal pages and summaries at the end of the written versions. or at the very least a record of how much you're achieving and cut out all distractions. Take some time out to work on your business. I guarantee you I can triple the amount you got done without sacrificing quality the next day. which means if I'd really sat down and concentrated on the one project I'd have had 1200+ pages done in a mere 20 days. I'd hope they did their job. it's amazing how much time we waste doing nothing useful even when it seems we are. not necessarily the knowledge itself. When you work try to either. speaking to some friends for a few minutes. and a glass of water. nothing more. It's amazing how time flies and the work amount and quality is affected through distractions. or building a site. record how much work you do. That’s good grounds for a novel! So here’s the thing. straight. Try it. Someone pointed this out to me four or five years ago and they said. I just sat down for six hours straight (something I can rarely do with the number of projects I’m working on currently) and wrote. I have something for you to test.com All Rights Reserved Page 23 . made you feel as though you were progressing and learning new methods and techniques that would be useful to you.
either hire someone to do it if you can. This confuses me to this day. I don't fancy doing that'.and scary. Strange. Whatever you do don't block it out and put it to the back of your mind figuring that that one small thing that you've left out won't make that much difference. but putting your work out there on a personal level and. That's like telling you not to listen to the people that are making the money. listen to me instead because I'm a nice person’. Don't buy it. Have you ever been sitting there. maybe working away or reading your guides on how to achieve something. Usually when I talk to people about their filmmaking. In general when you start to delve deep into this business it's very different from what you see on the outside. So here’s the thing. or 'This is not what I envisioned doing when I started out in filmmaking’? Well you wouldn't be the only one and this could well be the missing piece of the puzzle for you.Avoiding the Dirty Bits Does This Sound Like You? Next up comes ‘the avoid’ the dirty bits way of thinking. You need to look at everything you're doing relating to your business and ask yourself whether it's helping or hindering you. If I were to put © FilmmakerUK Ltd. or elsewhere. 2011 50 Things the Most Successful Business People Have in Common www. it's time to burn some bridges. they're not just in it for themselves. Unfortunately we as filmmakers have to take the good with the bad and carry on regardless. Not only that. Especially the first time around because you're no longer dealing with covert creations that you can hide away. if you don't like the idea of having to do it yourself. When you find an answer. or if not. My retort to the gurubashing is. but guru-bashing as I like to call. the number one thing that comes up here is promoting your project. Now I don't know how many people go for this to be honest. but to listen to the person that doesn't listen to the people making the money. it can indeed be a little hard to get going if you've never done it before . it seems to have become a popular approach for some people. This sometimes results in coming up against something that will require you to overcome a barrier or pull of something new. or a report written by such a person. As I mentioned earlier they don't teach you this stuff in college or universities.com All Rights Reserved Page 24 . The usual argument is ‘they're only in it for themselves. so don't listen to them. be it in this report.filmmakeruk. In my experience everything you do is chained to something else. Don’t Listen to the Big Guys… Are You Crazy? Moving on to the next and probably the most worrying part of this report. no. but things can change. and said to yourself 'Hmm you know. Leaving one out can leave you with a huge gap in your business plan. and that’s that you may have found yourself a ‘don't listen to the big guys’ person.
changing. I highly suggest you keep an open mind though and know when it's time to move on to bigger. full blown scripts – and he sold them. I'd love to see how many people come back and buy from me later or help to promote FilmmakerUK. still banging their head against the proverbial brick wall.filmmakeruk. Each to their own. producer) so that you're free to move on to a new project. I wouldn't get joint ventures. are still in development for a project they created seven years ago. someone I'd met about the same time I started out pulled their own three scripts out of the bag. You make it good. I was forever updating. Smooth everything over as quickly as possible and to the best of your abilities. and get promoting. better and newer things. I wouldn't sell any products and so on. Meanwhile. The moment I discovered this it kind of set me free. make it as good as it’s going to get. agents. cleaning. tidying. Understand that there's nothing wrong with tweaking and developing your projects. We knew each other anyway so he'd given me access to his scripts and I was amazed. but set it up. I had this old project that was progressing pretty well. but I totally missed the point. prettying up. maintaining the script and pitch document and so on. If you find yourself doing this you're doing something wrong. and so each new project will only get better. Broken Vase Syndrome Next. No one would want to be associated with us. considering I hadn't learned much at that period.this report out and leave in a shoddy condition.e. work on new projects. I remember talking to him one day and he said to me 'Hey. Never constrain yourself to one and work on it constantly over huge periods of time – unless you’re close to being green-lit. It wasn't a small project by any means. you've been working on that script for a long time haven't you. and don't get stuck doing one thing for years whilst your competition has tried ten projects and is raking it in from even only one of them. Unfortunately some of the people I knew back in those days weren't all that lucky and.com All Rights Reserved Page 25 . it's kind of an unwritten rule out there. Keep an open mind. © FilmmakerUK Ltd. they were good solid. I was wondering how he did it. Remember – you’re always learning. and here I am now working on a number amount of projects with more contacts and more knowledge in my head than I ever imagined would fit. 2011 50 Things the Most Successful Business People Have in Common www. I thought to myself at the time. something that personally stopped me from moving on for a year or so. it must be pretty amazing by now'. Yeah it was. There comes a time after you ‘finish’ a script when you should have everything set up and running nicely (i. whilst you're still with your original project re-arranging its scenes or pitch document content. or you don't make it at all. They weren't lacking in content. Not only me.
© FilmmakerUK Ltd. you'll need to burn bridges and try something new every now and again. but I do want you to make sure you're using it. thirty or more books read. flat out told things I've done were crap. and you're prepared for it.com All Rights Reserved Page 26 . Well. after guide is getting a little over-the-top for some people that I've spoken to in the past. which is great. A great way to make you feel better. so prepare to get over it now and you'll be fine. They claim they've read everything but still haven't reached their dream of making their film. because you'll burn bridges a lot faster than us out there that hate it when someone doesn't like our work. after text book. Whether it's from their contact list. but for those of you who are reading and who get a little uptight when approaching something new this is for you. Let me tell you. don't let anything discourage you because what you don't see when people tell you they make a film for £5million is that they're getting this too. Those of you more laid back who don't get dented by that stuff. 2011 50 Things the Most Successful Business People Have in Common www. denied. Knowledge Really Is Power Next up. I don't doubt I'll get the same again in the future from people who can't be bothered to get out there and try these methods. as the kind of person that likes to please everyone all the time. shouted at. You'll need to find your own way of getting by and not being discouraged when something goes incredibly pear-shaped.filmmakeruk. refused. always push yourself to break new boundaries and. Now you may not be the type of person to worry about what other people are thinking or how they'll react to your projects and the things you do.I’m Worried I Can’t / Won’t Succeed Next up comes something that's not unrelated to what we spoke about earlier. let me tell you now that you will. useless. Whatever you do though. and that's worrying about not succeeding. twenty. when looking at avoiding the dirty bits. don't work and so on. The whole buying guide. or just someone having a bad day. Each and every one of them. we have the all important knowledge. the odd strange random meeting. This is why you'll always get the best from anything I do personally. The fact is. after all. Knowledge is power. huh? Well now you know. you have to accept it and move on. and carry out tasks that you don't feel comfortable with or are going to really despise doing. and you know what? If you haven't experienced all this already. You will encounter it. Keep moving forward. I've been sworn at. great. you don't have to worry about not having the knowledge anymore because everything is covered in this guide for this particular method. Ten. I understand that it's not easy when you come up against things like this. if you're in filmmaking or any business that I've encountered so far. and without it we'd all be doomed and useless at pretty much everything.
You can have all the knowledge in the world but it won't do anything unless you take what you've learned and put it to good use.com All Rights Reserved 27 . Co-productions are one example and you'll be splitting the profits 50/50 (or whatever is appropriate). Never On Your Own This brings me to my next point and that's don't try to do everything on your own. bored and broke. I highly doubt this applies. don't go with the free option because quality will suffer. double the people in your follow-up. This comes in many forms but I want to talk about this in general rather than anything specific as in the other sections. However. which is something we definitely want to avoid. your scripts. free web design. and double your potential investors. The Freebie Magnet Next we have the freebie magnet. and your potential investors will be able to see that too. You will not get anything set up if you're looking for everything that's free.filmmakeruk. Page © FilmmakerUK Ltd. That's not to say that you need to go around partnering on every single project that you create but it does mean that you need to think a little more about working in a team wherever possible. but if you want to surpass that you need to expand a little. Granted. 2011 50 Things the Most Successful Business People Have in Common www. and in the end you're going to end up frustrated. your pitch documents and business plans especially. So free stuff. It just doesn't work. free promotion. free sales copy writing and so on. Don't turn into one of those report hoppers. maybe. Seeing as anyone reading this will have purchased the membership. mix in a little bit of your expertise and you'll end up making the same amount of cash anyway if things are dead even – possibly (and more likely) more. let’s say for example you both have the same amount of resources to get your project out and money in through different contacts and other sources. shop around for a good deal if you can. but when it comes to the fundamentals of your business. because it won't get you very far. free hosting. This is all well and good if you want to be making a small micro-budget film. On top of that you'll be pulling in double the resources to promote in the future. We all like something for nothing but there are those people out there who go over the top searching for free deals. Free training.Like we've already discussed this can be for many reasons. but I want to be sure and catch anyone right here and weed these problems out before they start. What you will get though are double the contacts. A big mistake many filmmakers make is that they decide that they want all the profits and credit for themselves and try to do everything alone.
24. courses and manuals. Unfortunately as much good as it does for those of us who understand this. you may develop any of them later. walls and obstacles that you have to personally overcome before you can make a success of this. put it to good use. because they will hold you back and in all of the examples above will stop you from ever succeeding unless you can overcome them. it's detrimental to those who don't. 25.filmmakeruk. It is indeed the most negative of them all. remove them. Alas. Start moving forward and take action. and I prefer to concentrate on success rather than why people fail. 2011 50 Things the Most Successful Business People Have in Common www. Watch for this because you may find you know more than you think. The general rule is: the more you spend on ‘how to’ guides. After your first few production projects you'll start to see some contacts land in your lap that you can join up with later. or learn this. If none of the above apply to you right now that’s great. The top reasons that I believe get in the way of filmmakers’ goals and stop them from succeeding.So you see. just because you don't have these problems right now. Be careful though. We'll end here now. very rare and unlikely that you'll have everything you need to succeed. The initial learning period is probably over. and there will be many problems. and therefore don't feel comfortable putting it into action for one reason or another. Well. I just want to make a note. it's important to start working as a team. but don't realize it. You probably already have all the information and know how. Do you see any of these in yourself? If you do. it had to be done and was too important to leave out and not tell you about. When you get into the scene it's very. Summary 23. getting frustrated and failing until they either quit. (you included). and I look forward to seeing many successful projects come from you. You see. and your success could well © FilmmakerUK Ltd. just make sure you do. Don't forget what you've just been reading and you'll do just fine.com All Rights Reserved Page 28 . This is the most powerful of any tool at our disposal and will make us all successes. Take the knowledge contained within this report. the better quality you get. us filmmakers are all a little box of versatility. and they will go on buying and buying guide after guide. Don't worry if you haven't got anyone to work in a team with yet. but before we do. or fix them. It doesn't matter how you do it. So there we have it. It's a fact that we as filmmakers as I've mentioned before have to be multi-skilled. I hope you enjoyed this section.
write it down if you have a journal. keep it in mind. 27. and ask yourself. If you find an answer to that question. it's hard to go about something that you don't enjoy totally. or ‘this isn't really how I pictured this to be’? It happens to everyone.filmmakeruk. or edited out of your personal knowledge base because it's something you're not prepared to do. Probably one of the biggest downfalls I’ve seen around me. or at the very least keep a record of the amount of work you're getting done and cut out the distractions totally. It's quite likely you'll surprise yourself. take it from me. if you face them head on and attack them full force you'll find.just be a matter of you taking the plunge and confidently putting all you've learned into action. because you may already have the key that you need to be a success. If your project isn’t getting picked up. making calls and so on. Open your mind. a set of goals for the day in list format. even if there are aspects you don't enjoy as much as others. catching the news. your job gets easier and easier and it isn't so painful to fix this anymore. In addition if you find something that you haven't been doing or avoiding. bring it to the front of your mind. Avoiding the dirty bits: a way of thinking that is in my experience affecting almost every filmmaker constantly. Your situation will not change unless you change it. after finding the answer and writing it down. grabbing food. 2011 50 Things the Most Successful Business People Have in Common www. it's time to stop trying to fix it up and put that valuable time © FilmmakerUK Ltd. 29. and remember it. in the past and no doubt in the future too. well I can skip this bit and do it later’. 28.com All Rights Reserved Page 29 . 30. and when you have a pre-determined picture of how something should be in your head. and that's getting attached to a particular project. You just may not know it because it's been placed at the back of your mind as something you don't particularly want to do. When you work try to either keep a timetable if that's your thing. Be careful of how much time is being wasted. Being lazy doesn't come into it. Try it and see how much more you get done when writing your documents. as your business develops. Don't let anyone ever tell you that it’s easy because it sure does take some getting used to. either consciously or unconsciously. It's all about that transgression to being in total control. Ever learned something new and thought to yourself. The progression from the worker to the boss isn't the easiest thing to do. 31. "is there anything that I've been avoiding doing because it doesn't fit into my pre-conceptions of what running a business and filmmaking is about?" Dig deep and answer truthfully. flipping through songs to listen to while working. 26. speaking to some friends. On a personal note to you. ‘ah. It's even easier to avoid things when you're in total control as with your own business.
Whatever it is. but flatten any obstacles in your way. this is sheer determination.com All Rights Reserved Page 30 . but it does mean that you need to think a little more about working in a team wherever possible. either get you down or. That's not to say that you need to go around partnering on every single project that you create. but be confident. let an abusive customer. listen to people’s advice along the way. which is great. and you'll find that it actually takes more effort for you not to make it than it does to make it. No matter how good your work is this is inevitable whether it's from those that don't understand your work. be determined. 32. This isn't desperation. gain new ground all day every day. You may not be the type of person to worry about what other people are thinking or how they'll react to your projects and the things you do. © FilmmakerUK Ltd. whether it was your fault or not.filmmakeruk. negative friend. It's the only way to move forward and learn. family member or frustrated customers that take their life out on you.into creating other projects and developing new ideas. it will happen. because you'll burn bridges a lot faster than us out there that hate it when someone doesn't like our work. 2011 50 Things the Most Successful Business People Have in Common www. and fight your way to success if you have to. Don’t do everything on your own. someone who didn't like receiving a proposal from you or someone who had their friend subscribe them to your fan base. put you off trying something new. a frustrated investor. Don't ignore advice. 34. Don't ever. Build new bridges. 33. under any circumstances.
© FilmmakerUK Ltd. To introduce other aspects of filmmaking that may prove helpful for further learning in the future. and show you how to use this information to emulate the successful. and to show you that the way we’ve done things is one of many methods that actually work. 2011 50 Things the Most Successful Business People Have in Common www. To discuss the right frame of mind for business success. and the positive signs that you’ll be seeing. To talk about the importance of staying healthy. To talk further about the development of your business.Final Thoughts Overview of this Section To re-cover and re-iterate some of the most important points put forward to you throughout the report. A healthy business owner means a far greater chance of a healthy business. namely the biggest reasons you’ll be successful. and ultimately get there yourself in the shortest period of time possible. and should have already begun to experience that show you that you’re heading in the right direction. To persuade you to dive in head-first every day. and the biggest reasons that may stop you from achieving your goals.com All Rights Reserved Page 31 .filmmakeruk. and talk about how to take advantage of them. the time it’s going to take.
and carried out required maintenance and things are now back to how they were when you first woke up. or just gone off and bought report after report and never actually act on them. and on the way out you break a vase.filmmakeruk. So you head out to the hall ready to do some dusting. and you Hoover up all the bits and take the broken bits outside. we all have good days and bad days. decided it’s not for them. Are you in the same position? Is it time to stop reading and start acting on the knowledge that you’ve gained? Second is the broken the vase syndrome related to being pro-active or reactive. but just didn’t know it. This was me a couple of years ago. No matter. so out comes the Hoover. Are you moving forwards? What have you achieved in the past 48 hours working on your business? If you’re looking at the same page on your screen. No progress. and make everything nice and clean again. Surprisingly or not.A Few Last Words We’ve covered so much in the previous pages. I’m not saying you have to be super-efficient all the time. You jump out of bed. and never moving forward. you’ve already proved that you have grasped this concept. It was time to start asking questions. but there’s not much we can do about that without mind control techniques. you head upstairs. You’ve improved the kitchen already by cleaning the surfaces and doing the dishes right? Not so. Monitoring Your Success At all times I want you to be looking at yourself and your business. you’ve just been reactive. jump in the shower have breakfast. If you’re reading this. now as straight forward as it sounds.com All Rights Reserved Page 32 . the clean the surfaces. 2011 50 Things the Most Successful Business People Have in Common www. which is a shame. Imagine you wake up in the morning and decide you’re going to clean the house up that day. give it a clean and place a © FilmmakerUK Ltd. you realize you cut your leg on a sharp plant outside. just reactive maintenance. Turns out I had all the knowledge already. where we’ll inevitably get more or less done that we know we should. I’d like to congratulate you if you’ve got this far. Let’s forget the others for now though and concentrate on you. the first thing I want to talk to you about is moving forward. and wash the dishes afterwards. Factors That Hinder Success The first is they either jump from guide to guide taking in the knowledge but not doing anything about it. After putting your stuff away. but there’s this little problem of moving onwards and upwards that many people can’t seem to grasp. Many will have given up. it’s amazing to see how people do one of three things. until I realized I actually had all this knowledge and knew in depth and often more about a subject than the actual author. with the same content then it’s time to start asking questions and looking for the problem.
© FilmmakerUK Ltd. I know many people who have fallen into this trap. I’m real tired and I still haven’t got much done. just with a slightly prettier pitch document. because there’s no progress. move forward quickly. 2011 50 Things the Most Successful Business People Have in Common www. the above was put in there too. then head back downstairs. something no one can put a price on because it’s just that valuable. This is reactive maintenance also. and you won’t be disappointed. Give it a go. productive or profitable at all. and how to avoid it.com All Rights Reserved Page 33 . talk to a few people about what’s been going on. the adding bundles and bundles of stuff to a script instead of creating new projects and breaking into new markets and creating multiple prospective films. If you sit down at your computer and do your maintenance. These aspects are more important than most will ever discover for themselves. learn to spot them and recognize them and you’ll immediately see a difference in your speed and efficiency. there’s nothing here to move you forward. answer some mails. have a look at a few cast and crew.filmmakeruk. you’re literally just maintaining. gain knowledge and understanding and get real tired doing it and I guarantee you’ll be moving forward at such a fast pace no one will know how you’re doing it. The maintainer. because you might just find yourself in the same place in a year’s time. move forward. more important than making any sales. when actually all you did was pull out a bit of maintenance. enhance those ideas. What have you achieved so far? Nothing at all. The prettying up the pitch document twelve times a year. simply because I can’t help but push this and push this because it really is the difference between getting somewhere and not getting anywhere at all. and gain valuable knowledge and firsthand experience along the way. more important than resource building or any marketing method anyone can ever teach you. Think about that next time you go to redesign something. Not proactive. develop those projects. Whilst they’re tired and say things like “Wow. Of course maintenance is a big part of everyday life and needs to be done. pull more leads or more resources? Or are you doing it because it doesn’t quite look as nice as you’d like? Don’t get stuck in the circle of ever improving without moving on. This should be your top priority. contact those distributors.plaster on it. This brings me on to the final type of person that doesn’t succeed. It’s important to distinguish between proactive and reactive.” now you know why. write those sales letters. but learn to differentiate between the two. and if you remember back to the top ten reasons for success section. Avoid it at all costs and you’ll do fine. Create those projects. more important than that project creation. There’s no in between. It’s the same with business. because quite often you can come home after a hard day’s work and you might be so tired and feel like you got a lot done and moved forward. Are you redesigning because your responses tell you that your revision will increase the chance of finding investors. change the colour of your pitch document. and in fact some people still in that trap and aren’t looking like they’ll be getting out of it very soon.
either. but sort out any problems you may have stumbled upon without the need to get stressed about it. This method of pulling off the relaxing and reflection. or family member for something? Anything at all. Hindsight is a very powerful thing. I honestly believe through personal experience that being in the right frame of mind to get your business moving onwards and upwards quickly is again. whether it’s ten minutes. I haven’t met anyone that’s not capable of this yet. let’s look at your frame of mind. As important as the above. I’m off to bed now. Always look forward. It’s like keeping a journal. and I don’t mean just from the Internet. You leave your place of work. Remember to disconnect. dinner is ready! Or ok. have you ever been called by your husband or wife. and I assure you.filmmakeruk. Keeping your distance from your work isn’t something that’s easy to do. you won’t be disappointed. and forget about everything. If you haven’t experienced this yet. Practice this often and within a few days. I just need to do this first’. which will take your mind off your daily life and some of your important daily tasks. so if you’re unsure. ‘Hold on! I’ll be there in a moment. sleeping. This is definitely something we want to avoid. are you coming too? And your reply comes something like this.com All Rights Reserved Page 34 . In addition. it assists the organization of your thoughts. © FilmmakerUK Ltd. You’ll begin to see problems and present solutions to them before they even happen. looking from the outside in then after you’re done. and take that time out to look inwards from that window (that’s you looking at yourself from outside a window to gain a better perspective on what’s going on in your business). more important than any marketing tactic that you can learn. it’ll give you a clear picture of exactly where to go next. or thirty minutes later. it’s all about evaluating your situation and your business with an open mind. which is partially hindsight. especially if you have your computer in your bedroom. It’s real important for your personal development and the development of your business. turn it off. and helps you not only prepare for the day ahead. 2011 50 Things the Most Successful Business People Have in Common www. The best way without a doubt is to end your day with 15 minutes of quiet thought. Like dreaming. you turn your computer off for the night. are we going? Or even more likely. and sometimes even disrupt sleep. Even working at home and walking past it ten times a day is enough to spark thoughts.Next up. but more crystal clear. I mean totally. is the way in which you end your day when you’re working. and taking this important time out on a daily basis allows you to prepare for future situations that may arise. give it a shot and watch what begins to happen six or seven sessions. focused and pure thinking at its best. I’m ready to go out now. Let me ask you this. you’ll start to see some positive and quite strange results.
then when you’re done.com All Rights Reserved Page 35 . turn your computer off safe in knowledge you haven’t forgotten anything. and your business. Get some of those wrist supports one size bigger than you need. Just because you’re not working on your business longer than your body or mind can comfortably handle. 2011 50 Things the Most Successful Business People Have in Common www. efficiency and determination. and look after your eyes and belly.filmmakeruk. look after your wrists. It’s no good being successful if you’re too sick to enjoy it.Another example of this type of mindset going full steam ahead is coupled with the above examples. or you have to do something before you go. This is why it’s important to do both of these exercises. but I gained a couple of stone. even if it means you go out and buy some weights and run a little every day. Take regular breaks and do regular exercise. Disconnect. but it’s important to me that if you’re going to be a success in the future. or keep walking out the door ready to go. not on my watch. © FilmmakerUK Ltd. when launching new projects. There’s speed. you come to me and say ‘Your report spurred me into action and I’m now making the most amazing films!’ and not ‘Your report spurred me into action and I’m now making the most amazing films. Stay healthy. Classic one that. look from the outside in. Get a good chair. doesn’t mean that you’re slacking. contacting people. I’m not giving you instructions on how to run your life. you don’t need to worry about anything and you don’t need to wake up in the middle of the night and spend hours doing something that you planned to only take a few minutes. Trust me on this one. but then there’s another level of speed. type correctly. you’ll need determination and a clear and sharp mind to sort out problems quickly. look after your back. Health is always number one. you have to keep getting out of bed at night. it’s possible it may go pear-shaped. my back hurts and I can’t see much anymore’. relax. I’m not trying to tell you how to live your life by any means. whatever it might be. Prepare yourself. because if it does happen you’ll need patience. Above all. when creating ad campaigns. Observe yourself. starting the car and going back to the computer because you forgot to do something. creating co-productions. above everything taught in this guide stay healthy. far from it. Prepare Yourself We already talked about how things don’t always go to plan. but be careful not to get too involved all of the time or that freedom and easy life progress you’ve made so far might just evaporate. Again. efficiency and determination. cut it off. No way. developed carpal tunnel syndrome.
There’s only a need to do this on the odd occasion that something goes wrong. © FilmmakerUK Ltd. disconnect. their projects and so on. watching other filmmakers. They’re all important to you in this way because they will form the basis of your ideas. Everlasting Ideas Keep your imagination and mind working at all times. Once you launch your first project if you haven't already you will immediately begin to see that more and better ideas begin to come automatically. the services and sales agents you use to promote your products. This is something that we all need to be doing on at least a weekly basis. it's very hard to come up with ideas that they want when you don't know what their tastes and needs are in the first place. discover and ultimately solve problems with your projects through this research. The reason for this is solely to keep your mind awake and to keep it producing idea after idea after idea. whilst actively taking an interest in other filmmakers and what they’re doing. This isn’t for any reasons related to copying. Mix with your market. your experience. the cinema-goers and DVDwatchers). their pitch documents. You’re mixing with new marketing methods. and the guides and text books you read. and with the investors) and looking at their techniques. taking someone else’s methods and plugging them into your projects without copying any aspect from them at all. This is why it’s easier to pull ideas once you’ve had a go with your own project and began to watch other filmmakers and ask why they’re doing what they’re doing. Here’s an example of how this works. Some wild and some wacky. allowing you to come up against.com All Rights Reserved Page 36 . we already talked about emulation and how to carry this out correctly. In the last week. and thus won’t have any project ideas that they will want. turn off and walk away and continue tomorrow. and you’re experiencing the market first hand.e. the advice from experts. 2011 50 Things the Most Successful Business People Have in Common www. and won’t be able to solve them.filmmakeruk. Unless you mix with your market (i. creating a basis for your tracking and new ideas. I’ve come up with no less than five viable script ideas for films and at least double that number for reaching our audience and creating buzz.If you find yourself awake at ridiculous times and you find you’re making a lot of mistakes and it’s just been a heck of a long day. but they are ideas all the same. Everything else can wait. If you’re not mixing with your market you won’t know any of the problems. watching their films and their marketing methods (both for the consumer.
sales or investors because these are the key to your success. and remember what we’re about in this game. Every meeting you have. it is gradual. every person you contact. and that’s even before we look at joint ventures or product/ brand promotion and affiliates. © FilmmakerUK Ltd.com All Rights Reserved Page 37 . Just a single contact. and I keep telling you that it won’t be instant. you’re well on the way and have won half the battle. I wouldn’t be surprised if most people are thinking a year or two ahead to get to where they want to be. every email you send. Just a small number of the quality resources that we already talked about can be extremely successful for you. By the time you’ve launched two or three projects. Of course the resources are there to make you sales. keep building those resources. subscribes to your fan list. just because you have to build resources. or whatever. This brings me back to the previous point about gradual growth. Start to think in terms of resources instead of filmmakers. ‘Keep your business a real business’. every person that contacts you. but depending on the deals you pull and how quickly and effectively you can make the progress using your knowledge. It will keep your creative juices flowing. Keep creating real projects and selling sheer quality to real people and you will move forward. Mix with your market. using the methods in this guide you’ll likely find that you don’t have enough time in the world to bring all your ideas to life. It’s important that you do not underestimate what you have at your disposal. it’s not the several years job you might be feeling a little anxious about.filmmakeruk. This will allow you to protect yourself. A single contact can pull in hundreds of resources. every chance you get. Don’t lose that real business frame of mind. but without them there’s little success in filmmaking no matter how good you might be at promotion. So you see. achieve focus and keep moving towards your goals and that of your business without distractions and the minimum of mistakes along the way. 2011 50 Things the Most Successful Business People Have in Common www. business in general as well as with your resource building. form the basis of new knowledge and experiences and go down as one of the most important aspects of your filmmaking and idea creation processes. just five thousand quality subscribers can be responsible for creating buzz. Gradual Progress Whilst moving forward it may help you to keep this in mind. your pocket. A single meeting can span multiple projects and several years for example. Keep Building Those Resources The Key to Quick Success Next up. Don’t get wrapped up the craze and the dreams of big budget films in a couple of months. Of course.Just one of your ideas may turn out to be more profitable than all my ideas put together. you’ll be having too many of them. So there we have it. the resources not the sales. If you can make sure that you’re moving forward and can see progress every time you leave your workstation.
and let things snowball. In addition to the previous point. but equally as important as all that we’ve discussed so far. have you ever spoken to someone who really wants to do something. but don’t scare-monger or condition yourself to be worried about biting the bullet and going for it. Taking each resource. what is there to stop you aside from worries about something not working? In actuality.com All Rights Reserved Page 38 . It’s totally up to you. Because… Finally. separating them into categories. be pioneering. whether it’s set up a business. and avoiding breaking new ground because you’re worried about making mistakes? All of this information is in our heads. this isn’t anything that’s stopping you. © FilmmakerUK Ltd. After all. and before you know it. that’s another tool. have you made a mistake? Excellent. because they teach us something every time we make them. Every time we make one and find the solution.. learn from it but don’t let it hold you back from trying something new or going down that road again once you’ve gained more knowledge and experience. every other filmmaker out there. you won’t actually be cornered into spending money on your promotion like all the rest that don’t understand this resource building and multiplication technique. they say ‘I would. If you’re not making any mistakes. that’s common sense and logical deduction using facts. I Can’t. We like mistakes. or travel somewhere. something won’t work through research and tracking. it’s time to look at the way in which you’re working. Make lots of mistakes. Make mistakes.’ Often that but is followed by something like ‘I don’t know how’ or ‘I’ll probably mess it up’ or ‘I don’t know if it will work’. Are you sticking to the stuff that you know best. Also remember what this does in terms of you vs. that’s fine. be imaginative and be confident. another ally we can add to our arsenal that we didn’t have before. build. yet we still make mistakes. screw up every now and then and learn something new. or do something that they don’t necessarily do every day and when you’ve asked them why they don’t do it. These a prime examples of condemning a project or an attempt at a project to failure before it’s even been tried and prevents that all important forward movement.An additional note to that. my favourite. and using each one to build another often allows you to pull many times the profit from a single set of resources that you may have previously kept separate and only profited once from them. always keep your resources building each other. but.filmmakeruk. because you’re the one who controls your own mind. If you can say for a fact. Mistakes Are Good Next up. but be groundbreaking. 2011 50 Things the Most Successful Business People Have in Common www. and multiply. Using the methods you’ve learned here.
Never say. ‘I can't’. its goals. it's time to start asking questions. quiet time to evaluate the situation. and things don't always go as you planned them. looking from the outside to in. 37. carry out the exercises then disconnect and walk away. 40. 2011 50 Things the Most Successful Business People Have in Common www. Whatever was stopping you previously from achieving success should now be eliminated and through the above methods you've been taught. its summaries and write-ups was to get you moving forward with your business. I don't want anyone reading this to go off and develop a bunch of projects and get successful if they're going to destroy their health doing it. actual marketing techniques or anything like that.com All Rights Reserved Page 39 43. © FilmmakerUK Ltd. Don't get bogged down. Once you're done working for the night.filmmakeruk. In addition health-wise. Keep it moving forward at a pace. watch yourself closely. but they either have to face a fear or give something up to get what they want. 36. 41. these are the most important things to keep in mind. 38. Go for it. Sheer dogged determination is sometimes needed when the hours get long. You have to be in the right frame of mind to succeed. Remember what we talked about when looking at reasons for success. Prepare yourself. First. Are you being Proactive or Reactive? Have you progressed in the last 48 hours? If you're staring at the same things you had two days ago. What is stopping you launching your own projects using the techniques here? Is there any real reason that makes it not possible to move forward at this point? All the best with your film business! Summary 35. even over project creation. It’s no good being sick and successful. Keep doing them and you will start to see an extreme rate of development in your business. whole idea of this report. 39. Most of the time when people say they can't. you will immediately be able to see if you're moving forward or not moving at all with your business. those relaxation techniques. . 42. Stay healthy.Take the plunge. keeping yourself up at night worrying about your business won't do you any productive favours. they can.
Keep your resources building each other.44. 48. we all know it doesn't work like that in real business. Things are gradual. again. JVs. What is stopping you launching your own projects using the techniques here? Is there any real reason that makes it not possible to move forward at this point? 51. without practicing it literally. Make lots of mistakes. © FilmmakerUK Ltd. Keep this in mind and you'll have an almost unlimited number of resources and little trouble snowballing this at a faster and faster pace the more projects you launch. Once you launch your first project if you haven't already you will immediately begin to see that ideas begin to come automatically. If you truly want something. The world is full of all sorts of people. You’ll start to see amazing things happen. Keep your imagination and mind working at all times. as that’s where your energy and the energy of everyone around you is going to go. Take the plunge. Similarly. it's hard to get good. keep moving forward. Don't expect to wake up rich one morning. these are the key to your success. 52. but they either have to face a fear or give something up to get what they want. learn from it. Never say. Building all five at the same time is easy when you begin launching your own products. It's important that they are all built together and managed correctly at all times. it's very hard to come up with ideas when you don't know what the market wants in the first place. 47. 2011 50 Things the Most Successful Business People Have in Common www. ‘I can't’. customers. and move on. Making mistakes is good. Don't let it hold you back or scare-monger you into never trying anything new or trying again when you have more experience. 50. Every single ‘do this’ and ‘don’t do that’ piece of advice in this course has been pulled from mistakes as well as successes.filmmakeruk. 46. Failure only occurs when you give up – so never give up. 45. some will inevitably take a frustrating day out on you through the business. focus on it to really achieve. you've won half the battle. but as with going to school or learning any new skill. Made a mistake? Great. Every chance you get. don't let anyone scare you off. and if you can see development and forward movement each and every week. long-term contacts and lists hold immense power in so many situations. Keep building those resources. Go for it. Most of the time when people say they can't. they can. 49. This report is here to minimize this.com All Rights Reserved Page 40 . Unless you mix with your market. Wielding even a small number of affiliates.
com All Rights Reserved Page 41 .. You’ll start to attract great people. It’s great! Now It’s Your Turn. 2011 50 Things the Most Successful Business People Have in Common www.. Give your team a real reason to do what they’re doing as a leader. Build that team – surround yourself with people who are better than you at certain things – and success will start happening.. There’s more coming from FilmmakerUK..filmmakeruk. And let’s Make Films Happen! Good luck! Sharon Odams Writer.. so keep your eyes on your inbox. Producer © FilmmakerUK Ltd.53.. Director.
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