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