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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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how it relates to filmmaking and you as a success. but it's hugely important in making films happen. This is not a step-by-step how to. how to spot it. To help explain exactly how you are in complete control of your situation.com All Rights Reserved Page 5 . if you haven't been doing so recently. and how you're about to make that happen for yourself. or being too far away from your goals. and most importantly. To display how your situation can change in an instant. it's nothing more than a few steps away.Opportunity Section Overview To demonstrate that to move forward. now and into the future. To lay the groundwork and introduce the concept of business contacts for future reports. My aim here is to let you know a little bit about my personal thoughts relating to opportunity. 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 show you that no matter how idealistic it sounds.filmmakeruk. and it's likely that it'll do the same for you if you can keep an open mind. when really. 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. how I know that this is fact. the possibilities of achieving whatever you want is possible through business contacts and to demonstrate this process happening as we speak. 2011 50 Things the Most Successful Business People Have in Common www. it's coming straight from inside my head. To show you that scientifically. something needs to change. how it presents itself to you. making the job to reach them look huge. To display the need to understand such concepts if being a success at anything is something you want to be. opportunity is everywhere. and for good reason. © FilmmakerUK Ltd.
myself included.filmmakeruk. where and how this happens. to the other person living in the mountains in a far off country with his animals in seven jumps. How long will it take you to get your project picked up? Who knows. Have you ever woken up one day and realized that you totally missed a great opportunity the night before? Maybe it was a promotion. 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. and you'll immediately notice that they aren't as far away as you might think. All day. is connected and knows you through a chain of seven people. 2011 50 Things the Most Successful Business People Have in Common www. Whether this theory is dead accurate or not.com All Rights Reserved Page 6 . or someone you wish you'd met when you had the chance. earning a couple of thousand pounds a month. and you should take a little bit of time out to see this. an opportunity to meet someone really interesting. which is a shame. they managed to get from this person in London. or anything relating to missed opportunities. what country they're in or what language they speak. opportunities are indeed out there. My first point here is a very important one. Let’s imagine for a moment. and picked out a person in the London area to test this. Through research and a little bit of juggling here and there. Now. a friend of a friend of a friend and so on. I rarely see anyone actually make this effort consistently and on a long term basis. but have you ever pondered where you might be if you'd just gone for it and taken up the offer. but who you know’. looking at the present. 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. and how to take advantage of it. because we'd all have exactly what we wanted already if we helped each other out a little more. the big contacts © FilmmakerUK Ltd. I’m pretty sure we've all done that.Sound Familiar? ‘It's not what you know. you're a filmmaker. no matter where they are. every day new opportunities present themselves. Let me explain. Delving into a little bit of reasoning before we get started let me ask you a quick question. 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. which we can't do without first being able to spot the potential that arises from particular situations. no matter how desperate the situation. They took this random hermit type guy that lives a very solitary life in the mountains of a far off country. However. and I think it's really important that a filmmaker can understand when. I'm big on making contacts and creating mutual business partnerships with other filmmakers and people in the film industry that benefit both parties.Missed Chances . instead.
com All Rights Reserved 7 . If you don't take them. 2011 50 Things the Most Successful Business People Have in Common www. Opportunities exist. floors and all. Don't wait for them to come to you. or become your long term business partner. a big group of people are making sure each other is successful. which brings me on to the next point. whether it be an intentional. This is you. until your wall is full. they make their contacts. someone else will. If that's not you. each one a different person from a different walk of life that you have a chance to meet. Page © FilmmakerUK Ltd.and deals that could catapult you right up there through mutual agreement and benefit could be just one or two conversations away. Let’s take just ten filmmakers. solutions and new partnerships are out there ripe for the taking. they need to be taken advantage of at every step. Whether they just give you a new perspective on things. whatever it is. and at the same time become a success. Now take a red pen and place a small dot above yourself for each one of your friends. The potential power of this is huge. all kinds of opportunities. ten times the chance of meeting new contacts to increase their chances further. it's closer than you think and it's waiting for someone to pick up and take it to the next level. Don't get me wrong. Look at it this way. then a blue pen for each one of your friends’ friends. If I Could Only Give You One Tip It Would Be This This is my first point to every single filmmaker out there. and draw a small black dot on your wall. this is what I'd tell them. This is how the big guys out there make things happen. learn from and become mutual successes. Your new business partner could be waiting for you just around the corner and you could meet at any time. it's there. Each one has ten times more promotion power. If I had five minutes to talk to every single person within the film industry. it'll be someone else. Imagine the room you're sitting in is painted pure white from top to bottom. but seriously. Imagine this process repeating itself again and again. for example. ten times the income. or whether they give you a small helpful tip. They're everywhere and if you want to be a great success. looking for advice. I'm not saying you'll wake up tomorrow with an e-mail in your inbox that'll answer all your problems. Now take a thin nib pen. things that might not have even been thought about. and so on. or purely circumstantial meeting. They don't do things alone. and they assist each other.filmmakeruk. get out there and dig them up. See all those dots? Each one is an opportunity.
One thing I would like to say before we go any further here. and they're ready for you to take them in whatever form you wish. All I'm suggesting here. Hold up though. All we're looking at is trades that are mutually beneficial to each party. Proof This Works One more small analogy and I'll tell you a little story about how this very site. and you'll see the results of a team effort. 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. buyer. 2011 50 Things the Most Successful Business People Have in Common www. Even if it seems like you're getting a pay cut of sorts in the short term.com All Rights Reserved Page 8 . FilmmakerUK. It's yours to take right now. Don't get me wrong. Imagine you're walking down an isle in a crowded shopping mall.filmmakeruk.Yours for the Taking To each one of these people you have something to offer. and that's that it's give and take. is that I'm talking in a purely business sense. but I really want to make it clear how these opportunities are there. jump up and grab it with both hands. came to be. I don't seriously look at everyone I meet as a new money-making machine. and I don't advise anyone else do that either. This type of business has been around for so long now. This is the most important thing that I believe I can show you. and most likely many other sites and businesses before and after it. 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. that's pretty cool’. © FilmmakerUK Ltd. In a business sense. in long. Don't hesitate. there's something very important that you should know about this connection making process. We'll be talking a little later about how to make contacts. is that the opportunity is out there if you're willing to take it and the results can be huge. simply because I believe that it's the path to total success in whatever you're trying to do. If you see something you like. I'm not suggesting that you should go out and make friends with the whole of the world’s population. leading to a new potential investor. 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. medium and short term in terms of both profit and in terms of the advantages and new opportunity branches that you open up. and actual methods of doing so. with these rather black and white examples. it's likely you'll be giving them something and they'll be giving you something valuable in return. ‘Ah. Stop trying to do things on your own. don't sit back and say.
but it’s started off a whole chain of events which is just going to carry on going. time for a real world example for you. are you working on your own? Are you open or closed to new contacts? Next time something comes up that sounds good to you. As long as you've picked up this number one point that opportunities are out there. Right now. take it up on the spot and see where it takes you. Not only did I end up starting FilmmakerUK with three of these people. If you take nothing away from this site other than this report. © FilmmakerUK Ltd. Next time something comes up that sounds good to you. whether it's a similar situation or under totally different circumstances. 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. never expect something for nothing. one single example that bred 10+ new hard-hitting contacts. and bringing me in contact with loads of people in the world where I want to make a difference. greeting and talking to people in the same field of business as myself. Bear in mind I wasn’t actively seeking out any of this. Nothing major really went on. and your wall painted with different coloured dots. Anyway. I'll scratch yours.filmmakeruk. I should also point out at this point that what I just gave you was one example. remember this story. Kind of a mutual unsung rule. don't pass it by and wonder what would have happened if you said ‘yes!’. and keep in mind this may well happen to you.Ok. through just attending some of their consultations and participating in their community. So let me ask you.com All Rights Reserved Page 9 . meeting. in a business environment. I was just going with the flow really. Remember also not to view everyone you meet as an opportunity for making wads more cash. as well as meeting these two big marketers. and just by me not trying to do everything on my own. This has happened non-stop since initial contact with people in the filmmaking world. 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. Think about where different situations could take you and your business. and several others. I'm not about to test this. and most of all. Don't get me wrong. this is just an example. It's a give and take process. just by word of mouth. Now at the time I didn't really see these people as an opportunity. but I highly doubt it would do wonders for anybody’s social life. Forget how much is earned and through who and when. I also found myself in contact with big list owners and article writers. 2011 50 Things the Most Successful Business People Have in Common www. Just by talking. Do it. you scratch my back. I'd be happy in knowing how many options you've opened up for yourself and will again in the future.
Your aim isn't to use everyone you meet. Remember. and every day from now on. 2011 50 Things the Most Successful Business People Have in Common www. You want it to happen. Just like you drew those dots connecting your friends. to another and so on. Don't be afraid to get involved. Did you Spot the Gorilla? Check out http://www. the above example is an extreme one. 3. or left with an unsolvable problem. This is totally relevant to your business. you go and do it. Start Today and you will see results. one thing led to another. © FilmmakerUK Ltd. everything is in your hands and it's your choice is the first step to understanding how you’re going to move forward. leave your options open and you'll never be left stuck in a rut. to another. Like I demonstrated earlier. Always create opportunities for yourself. to choose where your line goes next. think to yourself: Where could this take me? What new situations will arise right away. Summary 1. because ultimately it will lead to your success. and many don't even notice it happening. One thing I do need you to understand though to complete this concept is that you are in control. and a new situation presents itself. 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. 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. Be open to new ideas and the new information that’s coming your way – keep your mind open to new ideas. it's who you know. do you think you could get yourself acquainted with just a few words through other friends? Too right you could.com All Rights Reserved Page 10 . We need to wake you up and open your eyes to this happening around you right now. every day new opportunities present themselves to us. your project. Your aim is to do business as effectively as possible. in a year. and ultimately whether or not you're working towards being a success.com/watch?v=UfA3ivLK_tE. All day. and their friends’ friends on the wall earlier. It's not what you know. to another.youtube. no matter how strange you may think this report is for a filmmaker. understanding you have so much control. if you were to pick any one of them.Always on the Lookout: Try It for Yourself Tomorrow Morning & See What Happens… So when you wake up tomorrow. or even ten years later? Kind of like viewing your whole life up to this point as one big long line.filmmakeruk. and to select who you're going to meet. but it's up to you to take those steps. 2.
it doesn't have to be just meeting people. scientifically. If you want to be a success. if you wanted to. from this point onwards. you have the control here. What did you do when you just asked your friend earlier for an introduction to another friend? You controlled who you were meeting.4. (We'll also be talking more about this later. no one else. for even more re-enforcement of how you can put this effect to good use. 2011 50 Things the Most Successful Business People Have in Common www. is to control it. Remember. I want you to use it too. See how your success is closer than it appears? 7. could you get an introduction to your friend’s friend that you've never met before? I bet you could with a few words. is that it's going to take your forwards. Sometimes you may feel that your goals. don't worry about specifics for now. not to mention how you'll immediately see your rapid forward movement in the direction that you want to be going in. any situation at all. you'll always have more than you started out with. 8. forms and sizes. and it's frustrating because it's going to take too long to reach them. On top of this. It's in your hands and totally down to you. On that same note. Always create options and opportunities for yourself in this way. When you wake up tomorrow and any situation presents itself. take it in. © FilmmakerUK Ltd. you don't know. take up everything you can as often as you can. think.) 9. Use and apply this technique. 5. and even though you can't predict where it's going to lead. let me ask you. at the end of it. 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. hopes and dreams are too far away for your liking.com All Rights Reserved Page 11 . Opportunity can come in all shapes. This opportunity spotting and taking is the key to your success. Where will this take you? Who knows. The same is true with marketing. Don’t do everything on your own. Remember your friends’ dots that you drew on the wall? 10. 6. where could it take me if I do this instead of watching TV. 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.filmmakeruk. towards your goals. I don't know. but one thing I can most definitely tell you without a doubt. 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. If we assume that the first step to being a success is about making contacts. 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. just understand the concept. plain and simple. where could this take me if I say yes. everything you want and could ever want is never more than seven steps away from you. and know it exists.
major ups and major downs. 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. the fascinating world of filmmaking. countless methods and guides for success. even if you don't feel that way. where you are now. even since 2007. instead of a long drawn out positive thinking and goal setting processes. than many have led you to believe through other guides and scare tactics. I've seen a lot in this business – and before since 1995. I've seen people succeed in achieving their dreams and goals. and in the direction you want it to go. Understanding Filmmaking I'd like to take the time out to talk about what you're getting yourself into. To demonstrate that it's far easier to move your business forwards. I've seen friends have amazing successes starting from the very bottom and working their way up. and not to mention.Filmmaking Overview of this Section To share the base need to know knowledge before moving on to specific & detailed filmmaking. why you're doing this. When I first got going with filmmaking I noticed . it's been one heck of a ride with ups. 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. To explain how we as filmmakers are all multi-skilled masters of creation. 2011 50 Things the Most Successful Business People Have in Common www. To make sure you know exactly what you're letting yourself in for.com All Rights Reserved Page 12 Looking back. and I've seen many people fail and just give up. but what we've all dived in to headfirst. To induce the correct mindset for success through answering three quick questions about yourself. and where you want to be in the future. Let me tell you. I've seen people that seem to know almost everything. Not just what you're getting yourself into. © FilmmakerUK Ltd.filmmakeruk. downs.
They see the potential for money and. You don't need a huge amount of cash to put down for a property. Why you're doing what you're doing. I'm going to include a report entitled 'Things I Wish I Knew Before I Started'. Things you should always have in your head while working your business and your projects. and their eyes light up. what you want and how you plan to get it before going any further. This is great. and that was the high rate of failure. the first thing that I'm going to talk about in FilmmakerUK is the fundamentals of business.filmmakeruk. In fact. quit their jobs and live the good life. this is true. but somewhere along the way. because of course building a strong base is extremely important for the short term. fame. never mind total and utter success. What I really want to get into in this section is You. because to be honest. and most importantly how to go about this correctly on the ground floor. I remember back in the day saying to myself 'When I make it and reach my goals. © FilmmakerUK Ltd. Everything you're about to read is very background-like information. perhaps. testing my own methods. and moving up the ladder as it were and gaining more experience. but they forget about themselves. Of course I won't bore you and relay everything that I learned in college and university. Real facts that you should keep in mind while in the filmmaking business. if I ever write about filmmaking. just in terms of survival. 2011 50 Things the Most Successful Business People Have in Common www. what to expect. 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.com All Rights Reserved Page 13 . In a way. This is a really important section. 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. and so on. or put down a large sum of money for storage. As I progressed building my projects and my business. the basics of business seem to have been forgotten.something a little scary. People were going about their filmmaking business totally blind to the fundamental flaws that they were creating for themselves. and you don't need to buy stock. Kind of rules that you shouldn't deviate from. barely any of it applies to the real world of business. 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. I started to realize things. but aren't necessarily practical jobs that you can get on with right now. This is why I want to talk about you. I then decided. The Fundamentals of the Filmmaking Business The thing with filmmaking is that anyone anywhere can start his or her own project or business.
but it doesn't seem to sink in that they're actually starting their own business. Don't let this happen to you. It's not hard.Why Are You Here? First up.filmmakeruk. or for only credit. your name in shining lights. but let me explain. © FilmmakerUK Ltd. updated and well a truly embedded in your mind. raising that Oscar. but look at it this way. remember why you're here and why you're doing this and why it is worthwhile. 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. why are you here? Really ask yourself that question. without this motivation. the opportunity is there for everyone. I want you to remember what you're doing here. It's likely because you didn't set yourself a goal. The problem I see every day is. you may find yourself waking up in five years’ time. as we already mentioned earlier. Some people like to create whole elaborate plans around their goals. Any tough times you come across. it does make me wonder. or any problems that may arise with your business in the future. This Is Real Business Next up.com All Rights Reserved Page 14 . You're starting or building a business. I want to touch on something that I still see every day. I can understand how you'd be a little miffed about someone starting a business that didn't know they were doing so. it's not time consuming but it is an extremely important part of your success. remember it. but for now we'll leave it at that. and to be honest. in the same place. All you ever need to do is ask yourself those three questions. 2011 50 Things the Most Successful Business People Have in Common www. 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. 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. food and copy (which is illegal). and loads of adverts on Shooting People asking for crew to work for nothing. that BAFTA. in the same situation and wondering why you haven't moved forward. sitting in the same chair. Why are you here? When you've answered that question. Quick and simple. I'm sure you've seen many short films done on no budget. a walk down the red carpet. Why am I here? What do I want? How do I plan to get it? Basic? You may think so. which is done simply by answering those three questions. Keep it filed.
I know that sounds very opinionated. the reports I'm sent by people. A good filmmaker knows that as well as having a good product (film. I'm not saying you have to go overboard with re-writes. Taking the above idea of being professional at all times. it's just not enough. inject your own personality. based in fact is that if you have put in the extra effort with something.. most importantly though. re-edits. or it just won't happen for you. 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. everyday with the e-zines I get through my mail. what we sound like and it gives FilmmakerUK some personality. you're reading this. I see this more and more. With the anonymity of internet and the number of films on it. you have some insight into us and who we are. and having read the introduction so far. long term. If you create something and don't feel totally comfortable with it. You know the source of © FilmmakerUK Ltd. The major point I'm trying to make here is to understand fully what you're getting yourself into. career-wise. chances are it's not up to scratch and it's not going to do you any favours. 2011 50 Things the Most Successful Business People Have in Common www. but my personal belief. This is really important for the success of any filmmaker. the worries of any potential investor need to be squashed as quickly as possible. and the sales letters for new products or services that I read on a daily basis. There’s just no market for that sort of thing – especially now with YouTube. investors and end consumers will notice. Would you buy these films even if they were totally amazingly great? Very rarely. or they’re just going to turn off and move along. but its roots are based in fact. money-wise. you may feel that this next point is a contradiction in terms. Professionalism is all good. Vimeo and all the other freebie sites out there. and they will remember you. etc. always keep your work professional and top quality if you want to get off the starting blocks. Do these guys know that they're supposed to be running a business? Don't hate me yet.It really makes me think when I watch those films. or short term. Your Personality Gets You Noticed Here comes the fun part. you have to remember above all to be business-like and professional at all times.com All Rights Reserved Page 15 . but on its own. Always. free time wise.filmmakeruk. they will buy from you or invest with you in the first place. and it sure helps get to know people and meet new contacts and form business relationships. and that is. As far as I'm concerned right now. tv series).
two months. keep that in mind when you're creating your own sales letters. and you'd lose out.com All Rights Reserved Page 16 . I'm writing to you. which is especially apparent when creating projects with a co-production partner. and take away a negative experience with our names attached to it. I'm sure you're getting the idea now. in fact keep it in mind whatever you're doing. as much time as you can spare. Your Personal Resource Reserve The next important section I want to talk about is your resources. and throughout the rest of the report. creating your treatment or elevator pitch.filmmakeruk. stop reading. Here’s a slightly more direct example for you. a year or maybe more. and you can spread that work load out over the course of a month. but it will keep your customers reading and coming back to you for more. but in a professional sense. 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. 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. It will not only help people remember you and build your personal brand. Not good. and talking to you as if I was talking to a friend. because. being a professional and respected businessman or businesswoman doesn't mean you have to go about your work in a boring way. let’s face it. your pitch document. and that's the last thing we want. alongside the professionalism. you would just be reading another boring bundle of text that didn't have any background or meaning. Right now. Remember. get bored. 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'. © FilmmakerUK Ltd. If we didn't do this. Every single project that you create. otherwise it'd turn into another random and boring faceless block of text telling you what to do. When you consider not all projects that you create have a time limit.them. and this is something very important that should be taken into account in the planning process. We'd lose out. just to find out that you've run out of time or cash. Inject your own personality. as well as your business. you don't want to find yourself three quarters of the way through development. not good for either of us. the answers to 'How much time does it take?' is easy. 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. We didn't want to create a tedious experience for you.
My point here is don't set yourself a target of a multi-million pound project within six months. I want to reassure you now that it is achievable and you're not wasting your time reading this. we set up co-productions. but if you're going to make it. you are. This isn't to say it can't happen. but you have to stop setting yourself time limits. we advertise our own projects. All of us are special in that we are so skilled and probably don't even notice it. To sum up. Granted you can have line producers build your budgets for you. Yep. you need to stop setting yourself deadlines right now. but we're special. and find talented people to work with. but again they have a great base to work from. you will earn as much as you want to earn if you take the professionalism point into account at every turn. We create the script and story. that you're not gated from creating something big. They're not super rich. copywriters write your sales material and so on. Take a look at what creating the average project takes us through. Remember the first point we talked about? Why are you doing this? This is your primary goal. but if you're just starting out at the beginning of development and don't have that kind of cash to spend. it all falls to you. we plan the project. Why We’re All Special The fourth fundamental I want to talk to you about is about our skills. do business admin. something profitable and a film business to be proud of because of small time constraints or budgetary concerns. Just work towards it and you will get there.filmmakeruk. A little of each is good to start out with. © FilmmakerUK Ltd. because all it does is add to your frustration and anxiety of only having so many days or weeks left to reach your goals. We do it. We write our own sales material in the form of pitch documents and whatever else people need. this isn't to say it can't happen real quickly. You name it. 2011 50 Things the Most Successful Business People Have in Common www. You’ve Got All the Time in the World I know many people that earn between thirty and eighty thousand pounds a year.com All Rights Reserved Page 17 . and customer service. and don't be downhearted if you're not as rich as you hoped within the first few months. we follow-up. Throw all your time limits out the window right this moment. we design and build a business case around it. You may not think it if you've been on the scene a while.I want you to know though.
that weren't so apparent last time. Whether it's more money you're after. You know in a very general format how you're going to get there. If some things are still unclear. For this reason people forget that they're running a business. but the one thing I want to get across to you before moving on to the next sections is to keep things structured. if someone took my business away today. © FilmmakerUK Ltd. Nowadays anyone can start their own filmmaking business. however. Read it over again if you have to. and if you try to be the best at everything. 2011 50 Things the Most Successful Business People Have in Common www. If you really did look at yourself. but this time really ask yourself the questions and have answers before moving onto the next one. There’s no longer any need for large amounts of investment to get started. Let me tell you now. one final point to make before we finish here.This isn't a problem. Summary 11. I now know for sure you are 100% totally and completely comfortable with your position. everything you want to achieve. All they need is an idea. 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. or more time to spend with your family. confused and probably still no better off. have done and will do.com All Rights Reserved Page 18 . they would be the number one things I'd be happy to know this time around. Don't give up on ideas because they seem too out of your league. and told me to start again. and just look at it as a quick way to make some extra cash. run down. A space-filler this is not. Go easy on yourself. everything you're doing. or maybe at a later date.filmmakeruk. Information overload is bad. there is a business size. It is all worth it. let me explain. You know where you're going. Want proof? Try it. feel free to go over the report again. you are a businessman. Everything here is I believe a great base of knowledge for your business. Never forget that. Ok. or businesswoman. and a relatively small amount of cash. The above section may have seemed a little messy and a little jumpy as far as subjects are concerned. and watch what happens. you'll end up tired. One of the main problems is people going about their business totally blind to the fundamental flaws of what they were creating for themselves. type or way of doing things that suits you. If the reasoning behind this report isn't immediately clear. and you also know what you're capable of.
and always think one hundred and ten percent professionalism if you're seriously looking to get anywhere. even if it's just seven hours a week to start with. Similarly. and further away. Jack-of-all-trades. Everything has to be the best work you've ever done. we don't have a massive staffing base to do stuff for us until we reach production. Set a goal and work towards it. and that is to achieve your goals and improve your life. 2011 50 Things the Most Successful Business People Have in Common www. After all. if you're remembered. Inject your personality. 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. and staying where you are right now. 16.12. frustration. Don't throw a good idea out the window just because you can't finish it in a few days. you'll make an impression. 19. You're not gated from creating a cracking project just because you don't have masses of time to spare or have budgetary concerns. and will slow you down. Think about these right now. always think business owner. If you're trusted. It has to sink in that you're starting or building your own business. Why are you here. Don't get hung up on setting yourself deadlines. We write our own sales material. You need a set goal. 15. they have to eliminate any worry from the investors’ minds when they review your proposal. because this is going to be your driving motion that’s going to push you towards success. 14. you have to do it. if you want to be noticed and remembered. you're trusted. Always think business. no set goals means chasing something that you want that’s always getting bigger and better. Without this level of professionalism it just won't happen for you. 13. which means you'll never reach it. If you want to stand out. this is not a toy. 17. Deadlines equal anxiety. You can spread the work over a longer period of time.filmmakeruk. This is not a game. It's entirely your creation. and it's there for one reason and one reason only. or something for you to show your friends. This just requires you to answer a few questions.com All Rights Reserved Page 19 . and you will get there. 18. A good filmmaker knows that as well as having a good project. we advertise © FilmmakerUK Ltd. These need to be squashed as quickly as possible. Goal setting at least. no motivation means waking up in five years time and wondering why you're in the same place. 20. don't be afraid to put a little of yourself in there. No goals means no motivation. Professionalism is a must at all times. We are all special. It's the difference between you moving forward. Think about your resources. No matter how much people don't like the whole positive thinking and goal setting frame of mind. 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.
You will pick up many skills along the way. 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. We do it. 22. do business admin. and customer service. Congratulations.filmmakeruk. 21. don't throw away an idea just because you don't know how to do something.and sell our own projects. but again. 2011 50 Things the Most Successful Business People Have in Common www.com All Rights Reserved Page 20 . 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. we follow-up. You name it. © FilmmakerUK Ltd.
and how a simple problem with the transition from skivvy to complete control could be holding you back. they can't help you. If they're telling you a particular phrase which has become all the rage lately.Success Overview of this Section To discuss the top reasons for success and failure. 2011 50 Things the Most Successful Business People Have in Common www. 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. Many are struggling.com All Rights Reserved Page 21 . aren't something you can go to © FilmmakerUK Ltd. To show you that there are always parts of filmmaking that someone doesn't enjoy. Rather than being a totally negative report in which I tell you why you're not being as successful as you'd like. 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. and they didn't work. To show you that no matter how good any previous guides sounded. 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. There are a lot of reasons why this may occur. and some of the problems we’ve all had to overcome on our journey. through a plethora of situations through no fault of their own. the realities in the market. 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. In my experience a very common mistake – I also landed in this sticky trap. After all. To demonstrate that you probably know more about filmmaking and marketing/ selling than you think. in the business. no matter how nice and kind they are to you.filmmakeruk. It’s a fact. let’s look at this in a different light. I want to talk through with you some of the most common. and to give you a heads up on the number one reason that this could be stopping you dead in your tracks. they weren't telling you the whole story. To talk about the way we all spend our day and our routines as self-employed. 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. if you followed them.
com All Rights Reserved Page 22 .’ That's the exact effect we're looking for here. or anyone you know to be making this mistake. or they read about something before but were never sure how to actually go about doing things. I Bet You Know More Than You Think Big reason number two. is you already knew how to do everything but didn't get the work done for some reason.filmmakeruk. tested and complete is another matter altogether. This spurred me on quite nicely and turned out to be the boost I needed to get to this stage of my development. point it out to them. If you have any friends in the business. this is a guarantee. 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. Generally. they tell me that they've been reading this free e-book they were given. when people start out. nothing to get aggravated or annoyed about. I'd like you to really focus on what's being said and be on the lookout for examples that sound like you. that sounds like me. Unfortunately. It was a great motivator and sometimes that's just © FilmmakerUK Ltd. and what I'm telling them contradicts what's been written. it's solely something for you to think ‘wow. 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. but I digress. text book(s) and/ or mentor. or something you might do. I’d best stop doing that. There are plenty of reasons for this. When we start out we're all feeling our way in the dark. and got me thinking. Hey. Did you ever feel like someone wasn't quite telling the whole story with previous guides. but already knows everything he is teaching. Often. It's nothing to be embarrassed about. Are You Listening to the Right People? The first one I'd like to talk to you about is your choice of guide. or even being told incorrect information. because it just sounds like sales talk. but let me say I experienced this one too. until one day I bought someone else’s product which kind of put me straight. 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. this guy is big and makes a load of cash.school or to college for and be taught (although they should be!). the more you spend the better quality you get. 2011 50 Things the Most Successful Business People Have in Common www. trying to point someone to a high priced product is not always easy to do. and mistakes will be made. So without further delay. nothing more. Whilst reading through. but whether that information is good. text books you've purchased or even been given? It's all too easy to find information about filmmaking. tried.
speaking to some friends for a few minutes. Someone pointed this out to me four or five years ago and they said. how much you get done over how much time. Wasting Time without Even Knowing It Moving on. remove all distractions and just work. I guarantee you I can triple the amount you got done without sacrificing quality the next day. you might just find the pace of things pick up. I'd suggest doing something similar with your projects too. It's amazing how time flies and the work amount and quality is affected through distractions.’ Intrigued I did as she 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. Don't get me wrong. and the reason we have the goal pages and summaries at the end of the written versions. not necessarily the knowledge itself. and a glass of water. Take some time out to work on your business. Sit down. or building a site. ‘hey. made you feel as though you were progressing and learning new methods and techniques that would be useful to you. and set yourself goals to avoid this. for 2 hours. I have something for you to test. a set of goals. keep a timetable. I'd hope they did their job. © FilmmakerUK Ltd. a watch. record how much work you do. When you work try to either. Try it. or at the very least a record of how much you're achieving and cut out all distractions. nothing more.com All Rights Reserved Page 23 . Taking a look around on my desk now I have my keyboard. I'm not calling you lazy. and I get work done. straight.what people need to spring into action again. That’s good grounds for a novel! So here’s the thing. 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 suggest at the very least you might want to draw up a timetable for your work days. going to grab some food. This is something I kept in mind with this report. That's it. flicking through the tracks on my MP3 player between each song trying to find the good ones and so on. 2011 50 Things the Most Successful Business People Have in Common www. then report back to me in the morning. Here's another more recent example of this. you know. Came back the next day and she demonstrated to me how much time I was wasting doing irrelevant things: catching news reports on TV. I've been working on this report now and some software at the same time for a few weeks. I know you want to move forward or else you wouldn't be reading this right now. and wrote. The best thing about this is there are no distractions. it's amazing how much time we waste doing nothing useful even when it seems we are. Next time you're doing a big job such as writing a report.filmmakeruk. and came out with 60+ pages.
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. maybe working away or reading your guides on how to achieve something. listen to me instead because I'm a nice person’. but to listen to the person that doesn't listen to the people making the money. I don't fancy doing that'. This confuses me to this day.and scary. but guru-bashing as I like to call. As I mentioned earlier they don't teach you this stuff in college or universities. This sometimes results in coming up against something that will require you to overcome a barrier or pull of something new. Now I don't know how many people go for this to be honest. if you don't like the idea of having to do it yourself. When you find an answer. Unfortunately we as filmmakers have to take the good with the bad and carry on regardless. either hire someone to do it if you can. or if not. Not only that. it seems to have become a popular approach for some people. but putting your work out there on a personal level and.filmmakeruk. it can indeed be a little hard to get going if you've never done it before . The usual argument is ‘they're only in it for themselves. That's like telling you not to listen to the people that are making the money. Have you ever been sitting there. Especially the first time around because you're no longer dealing with covert creations that you can hide away. My retort to the gurubashing is. You need to look at everything you're doing relating to your business and ask yourself whether it's helping or hindering you. In my experience everything you do is chained to something else. Strange. and said to yourself 'Hmm you know. no. Leaving one out can leave you with a huge gap in your business plan. Don't buy it. the number one thing that comes up here is promoting your project. In general when you start to delve deep into this business it's very different from what you see on the outside. If I were to put © FilmmakerUK Ltd. Don’t Listen to the Big Guys… Are You Crazy? Moving on to the next and probably the most worrying part of this report. they're not just in it for themselves. it's time to burn some bridges.Avoiding the Dirty Bits Does This Sound Like You? Next up comes ‘the avoid’ the dirty bits way of thinking. Usually when I talk to people about their filmmaking. or elsewhere. be it in this report. but things can change. So here’s the thing. and that’s that you may have found yourself a ‘don't listen to the big guys’ person.com All Rights Reserved Page 24 . so don't listen to them. 2011 50 Things the Most Successful Business People Have in Common www. 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. or a report written by such a person.
Keep an open mind. prettying up. Each to their own. cleaning. producer) so that you're free to move on to a new project. I was wondering how he did it. I wouldn't sell any products and so on. It wasn't a small project by any means. whilst you're still with your original project re-arranging its scenes or pitch document content. and get promoting. I had this old project that was progressing pretty well. work on new projects. considering I hadn't learned much at that period. If you find yourself doing this you're doing something wrong. they were good solid. Yeah it was. There comes a time after you ‘finish’ a script when you should have everything set up and running nicely (i. it must be pretty amazing by now'. changing.filmmakeruk. Smooth everything over as quickly as possible and to the best of your abilities. I thought to myself at the time. are still in development for a project they created seven years ago. better and newer things. Broken Vase Syndrome Next.com All Rights Reserved Page 25 . maintaining the script and pitch document and so on. but I totally missed the point. agents. make it as good as it’s going to get. Unfortunately some of the people I knew back in those days weren't all that lucky and.this report out and leave in a shoddy condition. I remember talking to him one day and he said to me 'Hey. We knew each other anyway so he'd given me access to his scripts and I was amazed. Meanwhile. Not only me. tidying. 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. still banging their head against the proverbial brick wall. and so each new project will only get better. They weren't lacking in content. 2011 50 Things the Most Successful Business People Have in Common www. or you don't make it at all. someone I'd met about the same time I started out pulled their own three scripts out of the bag. full blown scripts – and he sold them. it's kind of an unwritten rule out there. No one would want to be associated with us. 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. but set it up. Never constrain yourself to one and work on it constantly over huge periods of time – unless you’re close to being green-lit. I wouldn't get joint ventures. Remember – you’re always learning. The moment I discovered this it kind of set me free. I highly suggest you keep an open mind though and know when it's time to move on to bigger. you've been working on that script for a long time haven't you. Understand that there's nothing wrong with tweaking and developing your projects. © FilmmakerUK Ltd. something that personally stopped me from moving on for a year or so. You make it good. I was forever updating. I'd love to see how many people come back and buy from me later or help to promote FilmmakerUK.e.
com All Rights Reserved Page 26 . you'll need to burn bridges and try something new every now and again. the odd strange random meeting. after all. we have the all important knowledge. when looking at avoiding the dirty bits. I've been sworn at. Each and every one of them. if you're in filmmaking or any business that I've encountered so far. huh? Well now you know. Knowledge is power. denied. © FilmmakerUK Ltd. 2011 50 Things the Most Successful Business People Have in Common www. 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. and you're prepared for it.filmmakeruk. or just someone having a bad day. Keep moving forward. which is great. but for those of you who are reading and who get a little uptight when approaching something new this is for you. Ten. always push yourself to break new boundaries and. I understand that it's not easy when you come up against things like this. because you'll burn bridges a lot faster than us out there that hate it when someone doesn't like our work. 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. The fact is. flat out told things I've done were crap. This is why you'll always get the best from anything I do personally. Well. 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. The whole buying guide. Knowledge Really Is Power Next up. after text book. you have to accept it and move on. They claim they've read everything but still haven't reached their dream of making their film. and without it we'd all be doomed and useless at pretty much everything. Let me tell you. You will encounter it. You'll need to find your own way of getting by and not being discouraged when something goes incredibly pear-shaped. and that's worrying about not succeeding. A great way to make you feel better. you don't have to worry about not having the knowledge anymore because everything is covered in this guide for this particular method. refused. Whatever you do though. so prepare to get over it now and you'll be fine. and carry out tasks that you don't feel comfortable with or are going to really despise doing. thirty or more books read. Whether it's from their contact list. Those of you more laid back who don't get dented by that stuff. great. but I do want you to make sure you're using it. let me tell you now that you will.I’m Worried I Can’t / Won’t Succeed Next up comes something that's not unrelated to what we spoke about earlier. twenty. shouted at. don't work and so on. useless. and you know what? If you haven't experienced all this already. after guide is getting a little over-the-top for some people that I've spoken to in the past.
Never On Your Own This brings me to my next point and that's don't try to do everything on your own. So free stuff. Free training. your pitch documents and business plans especially. and in the end you're going to end up frustrated. This comes in many forms but I want to talk about this in general rather than anything specific as in the other sections. free sales copy writing and so on. your scripts. maybe.Like we've already discussed this can be for many reasons. 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. and double your potential investors. Page © FilmmakerUK Ltd. You will not get anything set up if you're looking for everything that's free. Don't turn into one of those report hoppers. What you will get though are double the contacts. free promotion. On top of that you'll be pulling in double the resources to promote in the future. 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. and your potential investors will be able to see that too. which is something we definitely want to avoid. bored and broke. but if you want to surpass that you need to expand a little. don't go with the free option because quality will suffer. However. 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. This is all well and good if you want to be making a small micro-budget film. 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.filmmakeruk. Seeing as anyone reading this will have purchased the membership. shop around for a good deal if you can. 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. The Freebie Magnet Next we have the freebie magnet. free hosting. but when it comes to the fundamentals of your business. free web design. It just doesn't work. 2011 50 Things the Most Successful Business People Have in Common www. I highly doubt this applies.com All Rights Reserved 27 . but I want to be sure and catch anyone right here and weed these problems out before they start. because it won't get you very far. double the people in your follow-up. Granted. We all like something for nothing but there are those people out there who go over the top searching for free deals. Co-productions are one example and you'll be splitting the profits 50/50 (or whatever is appropriate).
but don't realize it. just because you don't have these problems right now. Start moving forward and take action. the better quality you get. but before we do. Don't forget what you've just been reading and you'll do just fine. Alas. Unfortunately as much good as it does for those of us who understand this.filmmakeruk. It doesn't matter how you do it. Don't worry if you haven't got anyone to work in a team with yet. us filmmakers are all a little box of versatility. The top reasons that I believe get in the way of filmmakers’ goals and stop them from succeeding. When you get into the scene it's very. and I look forward to seeing many successful projects come from you. courses and manuals. remove them. So there we have it. Summary 23. 25. and they will go on buying and buying guide after guide. Take the knowledge contained within this report. I hope you enjoyed this section. I just want to make a note. very rare and unlikely that you'll have everything you need to succeed. and therefore don't feel comfortable putting it into action for one reason or another. Watch for this because you may find you know more than you think. just make sure you do. You probably already have all the information and know how. If none of the above apply to you right now that’s great. or fix them. Do you see any of these in yourself? If you do. put it to good use. We'll end here now. It is indeed the most negative of them all. Be careful though. or learn this. The initial learning period is probably over. This is the most powerful of any tool at our disposal and will make us all successes. walls and obstacles that you have to personally overcome before you can make a success of this. it had to be done and was too important to leave out and not tell you about. You see. and your success could well © FilmmakerUK Ltd. and I prefer to concentrate on success rather than why people fail. and there will be many problems. (you included). Well. it's important to start working as a team. getting frustrated and failing until they either quit.com All Rights Reserved Page 28 . 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. 24. 2011 50 Things the Most Successful Business People Have in Common www. It's a fact that we as filmmakers as I've mentioned before have to be multi-skilled. After your first few production projects you'll start to see some contacts land in your lap that you can join up with later. The general rule is: the more you spend on ‘how to’ guides.So you see. you may develop any of them later.
filmmakeruk. Try it and see how much more you get done when writing your documents. In addition if you find something that you haven't been doing or avoiding. 27. or edited out of your personal knowledge base because it's something you're not prepared to do. even if there are aspects you don't enjoy as much as others. as your business develops. 2011 50 Things the Most Successful Business People Have in Common www. ‘ah. if you face them head on and attack them full force you'll find. keep it in mind.just be a matter of you taking the plunge and confidently putting all you've learned into action. a set of goals for the day in list format. either consciously or unconsciously. and that's getting attached to a particular project. well I can skip this bit and do it later’. your job gets easier and easier and it isn't so painful to fix this anymore. Avoiding the dirty bits: a way of thinking that is in my experience affecting almost every filmmaker constantly. and ask yourself. 31. because you may already have the key that you need to be a success. 30. write it down if you have a journal. On a personal note to you. and when you have a pre-determined picture of how something should be in your head. If you find an answer to that question.com All Rights Reserved Page 29 . Your situation will not change unless you change it. making calls and so on. and remember it. When you work try to either keep a timetable if that's your thing. Being lazy doesn't come into it. flipping through songs to listen to while working. it's hard to go about something that you don't enjoy totally. Ever learned something new and thought to yourself. in the past and no doubt in the future too. bring it to the front of your mind. Be careful of how much time is being wasted. it's time to stop trying to fix it up and put that valuable time © FilmmakerUK Ltd. after finding the answer and writing it down. It's quite likely you'll surprise yourself. 29. speaking to some friends. 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. It's all about that transgression to being in total control. 26. 28. grabbing food. "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. Don't let anyone ever tell you that it’s easy because it sure does take some getting used to. Probably one of the biggest downfalls I’ve seen around me. or ‘this isn't really how I pictured this to be’? It happens to everyone. catching the news. It's even easier to avoid things when you're in total control as with your own business. or at the very least keep a record of the amount of work you're getting done and cut out the distractions totally. take it from me. Open your mind. The progression from the worker to the boss isn't the easiest thing to do. If your project isn’t getting picked up.
which is great. but flatten any obstacles in your way. No matter how good your work is this is inevitable whether it's from those that don't understand your work. 2011 50 Things the Most Successful Business People Have in Common www. let an abusive customer. whether it was your fault or not. negative friend. someone who didn't like receiving a proposal from you or someone who had their friend subscribe them to your fan base. Don’t do everything on your own. under any circumstances.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. this is sheer determination. 32. it will happen. Whatever it is. That's not to say that you need to go around partnering on every single project that you create. 33.filmmakeruk. listen to people’s advice along the way.into creating other projects and developing new ideas. Don't ignore advice. be determined. Build new bridges. but be confident. It's the only way to move forward and learn. a frustrated investor. 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. This isn't desperation. and you'll find that it actually takes more effort for you not to make it than it does to make it. because you'll burn bridges a lot faster than us out there that hate it when someone doesn't like our work. 34. and fight your way to success if you have to. either get you down or. put you off trying something new. gain new ground all day every day. Don't ever. family member or frustrated customers that take their life out on you.
and the positive signs that you’ll be seeing. To talk further about the development of your business. and talk about how to take advantage of them. and should have already begun to experience that show you that you’re heading in the right direction. © FilmmakerUK Ltd.filmmakeruk. To introduce other aspects of filmmaking that may prove helpful for further learning in the future. and ultimately get there yourself in the shortest period of time possible. and the biggest reasons that may stop you from achieving your goals.com All Rights Reserved Page 31 .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. To persuade you to dive in head-first every day. and show you how to use this information to emulate the successful. namely the biggest reasons you’ll be successful. To talk about the importance of staying healthy. To discuss the right frame of mind for business success. the time it’s going to take. and to show you that the way we’ve done things is one of many methods that actually work. A healthy business owner means a far greater chance of a healthy business. 2011 50 Things the Most Successful Business People Have in Common www.
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. Factors That Hinder Success The first is they either jump from guide to guide taking in the knowledge but not doing anything about it. Turns out I had all the knowledge already. Let’s forget the others for now though and concentrate on you. You’ve improved the kitchen already by cleaning the surfaces and doing the dishes right? Not so. I’m not saying you have to be super-efficient all the time. It was time to start asking questions. Imagine you wake up in the morning and decide you’re going to clean the house up that day. and you Hoover up all the bits and take the broken bits outside. Monitoring Your Success At all times I want you to be looking at yourself and your business. the first thing I want to talk to you about is moving forward. Many will have given up. just reactive maintenance. I’d like to congratulate you if you’ve got this far.com All Rights Reserved Page 32 . but there’s not much we can do about that without mind control techniques. which is a shame. it’s amazing to see how people do one of three things. you head upstairs. and make everything nice and clean again. you realize you cut your leg on a sharp plant outside. 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. Surprisingly or not. and carried out required maintenance and things are now back to how they were when you first woke up. decided it’s not for them. now as straight forward as it sounds. we all have good days and bad days. After putting your stuff away. So you head out to the hall ready to do some dusting. and wash the dishes afterwards. and on the way out you break a vase.A Few Last Words We’ve covered so much in the previous pages. where we’ll inevitably get more or less done that we know we should. until I realized I actually had all this knowledge and knew in depth and often more about a subject than the actual author. or just gone off and bought report after report and never actually act on them. the clean the surfaces. 2011 50 Things the Most Successful Business People Have in Common www. This was me a couple of years ago. If you’re reading this. No progress. so out comes the Hoover. give it a clean and place a © FilmmakerUK Ltd. jump in the shower have breakfast.filmmakeruk. No matter. You jump out of bed. but just didn’t know it. with the same content then it’s time to start asking questions and looking for the problem. and never moving forward. but there’s this little problem of moving onwards and upwards that many people can’t seem to grasp. you’ve just been reactive. you’ve already proved that you have grasped this concept.
more important than that project creation. This is reactive maintenance also. and gain valuable knowledge and firsthand experience along the way.com All Rights Reserved Page 33 .plaster on it. There’s no in between. more important than resource building or any marketing method anyone can ever teach you. It’s the same with business. Are you redesigning because your responses tell you that your revision will increase the chance of finding investors. Think about that next time you go to redesign something. learn to spot them and recognize them and you’ll immediately see a difference in your speed and efficiency. when actually all you did was pull out a bit of maintenance. This should be your top priority. write those sales letters. I know many people who have fallen into this trap. 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. 2011 50 Things the Most Successful Business People Have in Common www. © FilmmakerUK Ltd. the above was put in there too. productive or profitable at all. 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. talk to a few people about what’s been going on. and how to avoid it. Give it a go. answer some mails. there’s nothing here to move you forward. develop those projects. Not proactive. The prettying up the pitch document twelve times a year. you’re literally just maintaining. contact those distributors. enhance those ideas. move forward quickly. then head back downstairs. If you sit down at your computer and do your maintenance. I’m real tired and I still haven’t got much done. because there’s no progress. and in fact some people still in that trap and aren’t looking like they’ll be getting out of it very soon. Whilst they’re tired and say things like “Wow. This brings me on to the final type of person that doesn’t succeed. 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. What have you achieved so far? Nothing at all.” now you know why. and if you remember back to the top ten reasons for success section. The maintainer. It’s important to distinguish between proactive and reactive. These aspects are more important than most will ever discover for themselves. have a look at a few cast and crew. more important than making any sales. and you won’t be disappointed. Avoid it at all costs and you’ll do fine. move forward. Of course maintenance is a big part of everyday life and needs to be done. something no one can put a price on because it’s just that valuable. change the colour of your pitch document. but learn to differentiate between the two. just with a slightly prettier pitch document. because you might just find yourself in the same place in a year’s time. 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.filmmakeruk. 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. Create those projects.
more important than any marketing tactic that you can learn. give it a shot and watch what begins to happen six or seven sessions. It’s like keeping a journal. so if you’re unsure. 2011 50 Things the Most Successful Business People Have in Common www. ‘Hold on! I’ll be there in a moment. or family member for something? Anything at all. sleeping. Like dreaming. it assists the organization of your thoughts. either. it’s all about evaluating your situation and your business with an open mind. or thirty minutes later. have you ever been called by your husband or wife. but sort out any problems you may have stumbled upon without the need to get stressed about it. you turn your computer off for the night. Even working at home and walking past it ten times a day is enough to spark thoughts. 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). I’m off to bed now.filmmakeruk.com All Rights Reserved Page 34 . focused and pure thinking at its best. I haven’t met anyone that’s not capable of this yet. I mean totally. which will take your mind off your daily life and some of your important daily tasks. This method of pulling off the relaxing and reflection. which is partially hindsight. and I assure you. Let me ask you this. As important as the above. and helps you not only prepare for the day ahead. and taking this important time out on a daily basis allows you to prepare for future situations that may arise. I just need to do this first’. You’ll begin to see problems and present solutions to them before they even happen. dinner is ready! Or ok. you’ll start to see some positive and quite strange results. It’s real important for your personal development and the development of your business. Keeping your distance from your work isn’t something that’s easy to do. You leave your place of work. Hindsight is a very powerful thing. © FilmmakerUK Ltd. and sometimes even disrupt sleep. but more crystal clear. whether it’s ten minutes. let’s look at your frame of mind. The best way without a doubt is to end your day with 15 minutes of quiet thought. Remember to disconnect. and I don’t mean just from the Internet. I’m ready to go out now. turn it off. If you haven’t experienced this yet. looking from the outside in then after you’re done.Next up. are you coming too? And your reply comes something like this. and forget about everything. is the way in which you end your day when you’re working. Always look forward. are we going? Or even more likely. 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. you won’t be disappointed. it’ll give you a clear picture of exactly where to go next. In addition. Practice this often and within a few days. especially if you have your computer in your bedroom. This is definitely something we want to avoid.
There’s speed. cut it off. Observe yourself. No way. 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. doesn’t mean that you’re slacking. © FilmmakerUK Ltd. but it’s important to me that if you’re going to be a success in the future. look after your wrists. above everything taught in this guide stay healthy. This is why it’s important to do both of these exercises. not on my watch. Just because you’re not working on your business longer than your body or mind can comfortably handle. or you have to do something before you go. type correctly. it’s possible it may go pear-shaped. and look after your eyes and belly. I’m not trying to tell you how to live your life by any means. look from the outside in. creating co-productions. relax. 2011 50 Things the Most Successful Business People Have in Common www. efficiency and determination. or keep walking out the door ready to go. whatever it might be. It’s no good being successful if you’re too sick to enjoy it. Trust me on this one. Prepare Yourself We already talked about how things don’t always go to plan.Another example of this type of mindset going full steam ahead is coupled with the above examples.filmmakeruk. Health is always number one. Take regular breaks and do regular exercise. you’ll need determination and a clear and sharp mind to sort out problems quickly. turn your computer off safe in knowledge you haven’t forgotten anything. Get some of those wrist supports one size bigger than you need. when creating ad campaigns. Disconnect. because if it does happen you’ll need patience. when launching new projects. Prepare yourself. efficiency and determination. my back hurts and I can’t see much anymore’. even if it means you go out and buy some weights and run a little every day. and your business. Above all. Again. you have to keep getting out of bed at night. Classic one that. but I gained a couple of stone. developed carpal tunnel syndrome. then when you’re done. 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.com All Rights Reserved Page 35 . 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. but then there’s another level of speed. starting the car and going back to the computer because you forgot to do something. look after your back. Get a good chair. far from it. contacting people. I’m not giving you instructions on how to run your life. Stay healthy.
Everything else can wait. watching other filmmakers. There’s only a need to do this on the odd occasion that something goes wrong.e. watching their films and their marketing methods (both for the consumer. the services and sales agents you use to promote your products. your experience. discover and ultimately solve problems with your projects through this research. Unless you mix with your market (i. the advice from experts. and with the investors) and looking at their techniques. The reason for this is solely to keep your mind awake and to keep it producing idea after idea after idea. 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. 2011 50 Things the Most Successful Business People Have in Common www. © FilmmakerUK Ltd. 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. their pitch documents. taking someone else’s methods and plugging them into your projects without copying any aspect from them at all. Mix with your market.filmmakeruk. This is something that we all need to be doing on at least a weekly basis. turn off and walk away and continue tomorrow. allowing you to come up against. creating a basis for your tracking and new ideas. and the guides and text books you read. This isn’t for any reasons related to copying. You’re mixing with new marketing methods. disconnect. In the last week. and thus won’t have any project ideas that they will want. 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. their projects and so on. and you’re experiencing the market first hand. we already talked about emulation and how to carry this out correctly. whilst actively taking an interest in other filmmakers and what they’re doing. the cinema-goers and DVDwatchers). 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. They’re all important to you in this way because they will form the basis of your ideas.com All Rights Reserved Page 36 . but they are ideas all the same. and won’t be able to solve them. Here’s an example of how this works. Everlasting Ideas Keep your imagination and mind working at all times.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. If you’re not mixing with your market you won’t know any of the problems. Some wild and some wacky.
It will keep your creative juices flowing. or whatever. Don’t get wrapped up the craze and the dreams of big budget films in a couple of months. every person you contact. 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. Every meeting you have. Keep Building Those Resources The Key to Quick Success Next up. just five thousand quality subscribers can be responsible for creating buzz. subscribes to your fan list. the resources not the sales. Just a small number of the quality resources that we already talked about can be extremely successful for you. Just a single contact. By the time you’ve launched two or three projects. sales or investors because these are the key to your success. every email you send. every person that contacts you. A single contact can pull in hundreds of resources. ‘Keep your business a real business’. This will allow you to protect yourself. Keep creating real projects and selling sheer quality to real people and you will move forward. every chance you get. you’re well on the way and have won half the battle.com All Rights Reserved Page 37 . and that’s even before we look at joint ventures or product/ brand promotion and affiliates. achieve focus and keep moving towards your goals and that of your business without distractions and the minimum of mistakes along the way. but depending on the deals you pull and how quickly and effectively you can make the progress using your knowledge. Start to think in terms of resources instead of filmmakers. I wouldn’t be surprised if most people are thinking a year or two ahead to get to where they want to be. you’ll be having too many of them. and remember what we’re about in this game. 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. Mix with your market. If you can make sure that you’re moving forward and can see progress every time you leave your workstation.Just one of your ideas may turn out to be more profitable than all my ideas put together. it is gradual. Of course the resources are there to make you sales. This brings me back to the previous point about gradual growth. 2011 50 Things the Most Successful Business People Have in Common www.filmmakeruk. it’s not the several years job you might be feeling a little anxious about. So there we have it. but without them there’s little success in filmmaking no matter how good you might be at promotion. So you see. © FilmmakerUK Ltd. It’s important that you do not underestimate what you have at your disposal. Don’t lose that real business frame of mind. Of course. A single meeting can span multiple projects and several years for example. keep building those resources. business in general as well as with your resource building. your pocket. Gradual Progress Whilst moving forward it may help you to keep this in mind. just because you have to build resources. and I keep telling you that it won’t be instant.
Make lots of mistakes. or do something that they don’t necessarily do every day and when you’ve asked them why they don’t do it. but don’t scare-monger or condition yourself to be worried about biting the bullet and going for it. or travel somewhere.com All Rights Reserved Page 38 . have you ever spoken to someone who really wants to do something. Every time we make one and find the solution. another ally we can add to our arsenal that we didn’t have before. because you’re the one who controls your own mind. If you’re not making any mistakes. because they teach us something every time we make them. © FilmmakerUK Ltd.’ 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’. screw up every now and then and learn something new. Because… Finally. If you can say for a fact. We like mistakes. but equally as important as all that we’ve discussed so far. separating them into categories. what is there to stop you aside from worries about something not working? In actuality. whether it’s set up a business. that’s common sense and logical deduction using facts. Taking each resource. and avoiding breaking new ground because you’re worried about making mistakes? All of this information is in our heads. that’s another tool. this isn’t anything that’s stopping you. It’s totally up to you. my favourite. have you made a mistake? Excellent. Are you sticking to the stuff that you know best.An additional note to that. 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. every other filmmaker out there. but. and before you know it. 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. Make mistakes. it’s time to look at the way in which you’re working. always keep your resources building each other. 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. After all. yet we still make mistakes. build. 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. and multiply. and let things snowball. something won’t work through research and tracking. 2011 50 Things the Most Successful Business People Have in Common www. Using the methods you’ve learned here.. Mistakes Are Good Next up.filmmakeruk. but be groundbreaking. Also remember what this does in terms of you vs. I Can’t. be imaginative and be confident. that’s fine. be pioneering. they say ‘I would. In addition to the previous point.
It’s no good being sick and successful. © FilmmakerUK Ltd. 36. In addition health-wise. Once you're done working for the night. quiet time to evaluate the situation. these are the most important things to keep in mind. Stay healthy. its summaries and write-ups was to get you moving forward with your business. Keep it moving forward at a pace. those relaxation techniques. actual marketing techniques or anything like that. 39. its goals. Most of the time when people say they can't. 37. 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. ‘I can't’. Keep doing them and you will start to see an extreme rate of development in your business. 38. Don't get bogged down. 2011 50 Things the Most Successful Business People Have in Common www. you will immediately be able to see if you're moving forward or not moving at all with your business. it's time to start asking questions. and things don't always go as you planned them. carry out the exercises then disconnect and walk away.com All Rights Reserved Page 39 43. watch yourself closely. Go for it. Whatever was stopping you previously from achieving success should now be eliminated and through the above methods you've been taught.filmmakeruk. First. even over project creation.Take the plunge. Sheer dogged determination is sometimes needed when the hours get long. they can. 42. . You have to be in the right frame of mind to succeed. 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. 41. Remember what we talked about when looking at reasons for success. Never say. 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. but they either have to face a fear or give something up to get what they want. whole idea of this report. keeping yourself up at night worrying about your business won't do you any productive favours. looking from the outside to in. 40. Prepare yourself.
it's very hard to come up with ideas when you don't know what the market wants in the first place. 49. Made a mistake? Great. Every single ‘do this’ and ‘don’t do that’ piece of advice in this course has been pulled from mistakes as well as successes. It's important that they are all built together and managed correctly at all times. 50. they can. ‘I can't’. learn from it. Failure only occurs when you give up – so never give up. 48. You’ll start to see amazing things happen.filmmakeruk. JVs. some will inevitably take a frustrating day out on you through the business. Don't expect to wake up rich one morning. Every chance you get.44. Keep your imagination and mind working at all times. and if you can see development and forward movement each and every week. Making mistakes is good. it's hard to get good. but as with going to school or learning any new skill. Building all five at the same time is easy when you begin launching your own products. we all know it doesn't work like that in real business. keep moving forward. again. If you truly want something. 45. Most of the time when people say they can't. focus on it to really achieve. 46. and move on. © FilmmakerUK Ltd. without practicing it literally. customers. these are the key to your success. you've won half the battle. The world is full of all sorts of people. but they either have to face a fear or give something up to get what they want.com All Rights Reserved Page 40 . long-term contacts and lists hold immense power in so many situations. 2011 50 Things the Most Successful Business People Have in Common www. Make lots of mistakes. 52. Never say. as that’s where your energy and the energy of everyone around you is going to go. This report is here to minimize this. Go for it. 47. Keep building those resources. Take the plunge. Things are gradual. Once you launch your first project if you haven't already you will immediately begin to see that ideas begin to come automatically. Similarly. 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. 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. Don't let it hold you back or scare-monger you into never trying anything new or trying again when you have more experience. don't let anyone scare you off. Keep your resources building each other. Wielding even a small number of affiliates. Unless you mix with your market.
And let’s Make Films Happen! Good luck! Sharon Odams Writer. Build that team – surround yourself with people who are better than you at certain things – and success will start happening..filmmakeruk. Producer © FilmmakerUK Ltd. 2011 50 Things the Most Successful Business People Have in Common www. You’ll start to attract great people... so keep your eyes on your inbox...53. Give your team a real reason to do what they’re doing as a leader..com All Rights Reserved Page 41 . There’s more coming from FilmmakerUK. It’s great! Now It’s Your Turn. Director.
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