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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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making the job to reach them look huge. To display the need to understand such concepts if being a success at anything is something you want to be. how it presents itself to you. something needs to change. 2011 50 Things the Most Successful Business People Have in Common www. To show you that scientifically. This is not a step-by-step how to. now and into the future. or being too far away from your goals. Understanding Opportunity Let me start off by saying that this is report is totally unplanned. To overcome the fear of not being able to move forward. To lay the groundwork and introduce the concept of business contacts for future reports.Opportunity Section Overview To demonstrate that to move forward. if you haven't been doing so recently. and how you're about to make that happen for yourself. how to spot it. To show you that no matter how idealistic it sounds. opportunity is everywhere. and for good reason. To display how your situation can change in an instant. © FilmmakerUK Ltd. but it's hugely important in making films happen. the possibilities of achieving whatever you want is possible through business contacts and to demonstrate this process happening as we speak. how it relates to filmmaking and you as a success. 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.com All Rights Reserved Page 5 . it's coming straight from inside my head. and it's likely that it'll do the same for you if you can keep an open mind. To help explain exactly how you are in complete control of your situation. when really. it's nothing more than a few steps away.filmmakeruk. and most importantly. how I know that this is fact. My aim here is to let you know a little bit about my personal thoughts relating to opportunity.
and you'll immediately notice that they aren't as far away as you might think. Have you ever woken up one day and realized that you totally missed a great opportunity the night before? Maybe it was a promotion. They took this random hermit type guy that lives a very solitary life in the mountains of a far off country.Missed Chances . 2011 50 Things the Most Successful Business People Have in Common www. opportunities are indeed out there. and picked out a person in the London area to test this. but who you know’. and you should take a little bit of time out to see this. an opportunity to meet someone really interesting. but have you ever pondered where you might be if you'd just gone for it and taken up the offer. to the other person living in the mountains in a far off country with his animals in seven jumps. a friend of a friend of a friend and so on. 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. I'm big on making contacts and creating mutual business partnerships with other filmmakers and people in the film industry that benefit both parties.com All Rights Reserved Page 6 . what country they're in or what language they speak.Sound Familiar? ‘It's not what you know. 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. Let’s imagine for a moment. Now. 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. no matter where they are. How long will it take you to get your project picked up? Who knows. or anything relating to missed opportunities. which is a shame.filmmakeruk. every day new opportunities present themselves. and I think it's really important that a filmmaker can understand when. you're a filmmaker. Whether this theory is dead accurate or not. instead. All day. and how to take advantage of it. I rarely see anyone actually make this effort consistently and on a long term basis. Through research and a little bit of juggling here and there. myself included. However. earning a couple of thousand pounds a month. they managed to get from this person in London. is connected and knows you through a chain of seven people. the big contacts © FilmmakerUK Ltd. no matter how desperate the situation. looking at the present. where and how this happens. Delving into a little bit of reasoning before we get started let me ask you a quick question. because we'd all have exactly what we wanted already if we helped each other out a little more. I’m pretty sure we've all done that. which we can't do without first being able to spot the potential that arises from particular situations. or someone you wish you'd met when you had the chance. Let me explain. My first point here is a very important one.
Look at it this way. Don't get me wrong. Imagine the room you're sitting in is painted pure white from top to bottom. Don't wait for them to come to you. and at the same time become a success. Your new business partner could be waiting for you just around the corner and you could meet at any time. This is how the big guys out there make things happen. Whether they just give you a new perspective on things. Let’s take just ten filmmakers. or whether they give you a small helpful tip. If I Could Only Give You One Tip It Would Be This This is my first point to every single filmmaker out there. they make their contacts.filmmakeruk. Now take a red pen and place a small dot above yourself for each one of your friends. and they assist each other. someone else will. Each one has ten times more promotion power. all kinds of opportunities. floors and all. this is what I'd tell them. looking for advice. Page © FilmmakerUK Ltd. which brings me on to the next point. for example. They don't do things alone. ten times the chance of meeting new contacts to increase their chances further. it's there. Now take a thin nib pen. This is you. learn from and become mutual successes. each one a different person from a different walk of life that you have a chance to meet. They're everywhere and if you want to be a great success. until your wall is full. but seriously. If that's not you. If I had five minutes to talk to every single person within the film industry. they need to be taken advantage of at every step. The potential power of this is huge. 2011 50 Things the Most Successful Business People Have in Common www. whatever it is. whether it be an intentional. See all those dots? Each one is an opportunity. then a blue pen for each one of your friends’ friends.and deals that could catapult you right up there through mutual agreement and benefit could be just one or two conversations away. and draw a small black dot on your wall. or become your long term business partner. it's closer than you think and it's waiting for someone to pick up and take it to the next level.com All Rights Reserved 7 . or purely circumstantial meeting. it'll be someone else. solutions and new partnerships are out there ripe for the taking. ten times the income. Opportunities exist. a big group of people are making sure each other is successful. get out there and dig them up. and so on. Imagine this process repeating itself again and again. I'm not saying you'll wake up tomorrow with an e-mail in your inbox that'll answer all your problems. things that might not have even been thought about. If you don't take them.
that's pretty cool’. and hook you up with a massive marketing campaign or fan base to their list? Stop Doing It on Your Own For Immediate Results The potential here is totally massive. All we're looking at is trades that are mutually beneficial to each party. Proof This Works One more small analogy and I'll tell you a little story about how this very site. © FilmmakerUK Ltd. came to be. is that I'm talking in a purely business sense. I don't seriously look at everyone I meet as a new money-making machine. but I really want to make it clear how these opportunities are there. and that's that it's give and take. and I don't advise anyone else do that either.com All Rights Reserved Page 8 . and most likely many other sites and businesses before and after it. 2011 50 Things the Most Successful Business People Have in Common www. 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. simply because I believe that it's the path to total success in whatever you're trying to do. This type of business has been around for so long now. In a business sense. Stop trying to do things on your own. and actual methods of doing so. ‘Ah. in long.filmmakeruk. We'll be talking a little later about how to make contacts. Don't hesitate. It's yours to take right now. 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. leading to a new potential investor. it's likely you'll be giving them something and they'll be giving you something valuable in return. One thing I would like to say before we go any further here. I'm not suggesting that you should go out and make friends with the whole of the world’s population. and they're ready for you to take them in whatever form you wish. is that the opportunity is out there if you're willing to take it and the results can be huge. Even if it seems like you're getting a pay cut of sorts in the short term. Don't get me wrong. FilmmakerUK. buyer.Yours for the Taking To each one of these people you have something to offer. If you see something you like. there's something very important that you should know about this connection making process. don't sit back and say. with these rather black and white examples. This is the most important thing that I believe I can show you. medium and short term in terms of both profit and in terms of the advantages and new opportunity branches that you open up. Imagine you're walking down an isle in a crowded shopping mall. jump up and grab it with both hands. as they no doubt have something to offer to you. All I'm suggesting here. Hold up though. and you'll see the results of a team effort.
Don't get me wrong. in a business environment. meeting. I was just going with the flow really. this is just an example. Remember also not to view everyone you meet as an opportunity for making wads more cash. Bear in mind I wasn’t actively seeking out any of this. whether it's a similar situation or under totally different circumstances. I'm not about to test this. and your wall painted with different coloured dots. Do it. and bringing me in contact with loads of people in the world where I want to make a difference.Ok. It's a give and take process. 2011 50 Things the Most Successful Business People Have in Common www. and most of all. Next time something comes up that sounds good to you. So let me ask you. This has happened non-stop since initial contact with people in the filmmaking world. greeting and talking to people in the same field of business as myself. through just attending some of their consultations and participating in their community. and several others. I should also point out at this point that what I just gave you was one example. Right now. don't pass it by and wonder what would have happened if you said ‘yes!’.com All Rights Reserved Page 9 .filmmakeruk. and keep in mind this may well happen to you. one single example that bred 10+ new hard-hitting contacts. Anyway. © FilmmakerUK Ltd. I'd be happy in knowing how many options you've opened up for yourself and will again in the future. but I highly doubt it would do wonders for anybody’s social life. Nothing major really went on. Forget how much is earned and through who and when. How did FilmmakerUK come to exist? It all started in 2007 when I joined a membership website by two big name marketers. Now at the time I didn't really see these people as an opportunity. Kind of a mutual unsung rule. are you working on your own? Are you open or closed to new contacts? Next time something comes up that sounds good to you. you scratch my back. and just by me not trying to do everything on my own. As long as you've picked up this number one point that opportunities are out there. as well as meeting these two big marketers. take it up on the spot and see where it takes you. and always mutually beneficial. 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. but it’s started off a whole chain of events which is just going to carry on going. Not only did I end up starting FilmmakerUK with three of these people. never expect something for nothing. remember this story. If you take nothing away from this site other than this report. I'll scratch yours. time for a real world example for you. Think about where different situations could take you and your business. I also found myself in contact with big list owners and article writers. just by word of mouth. Just by talking.
You want it to happen. Don't be afraid to get involved. to choose where your line goes next. Summary 1. one thing led to another. 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. Your aim isn't to use everyone you meet. and a new situation presents itself. and to select who you're going to meet. 2. you go and do it. 3. and ultimately whether or not you're working towards being a success. if you were to pick any one of them. it's who you know. We need to wake you up and open your eyes to this happening around you right now.Always on the Lookout: Try It for Yourself Tomorrow Morning & See What Happens… So when you wake up tomorrow. or left with an unsolvable problem. and every day from now on. © FilmmakerUK Ltd.com All Rights Reserved Page 10 . and their friends’ friends on the wall earlier. Remember. Always create opportunities for yourself. to another. do you think you could get yourself acquainted with just a few words through other friends? Too right you could. Did you Spot the Gorilla? Check out http://www. because ultimately it will lead to your success. in a year.youtube. everything is in your hands and it's your choice is the first step to understanding how you’re going to move forward. every day new opportunities present themselves to us.com/watch?v=UfA3ivLK_tE. 2011 50 Things the Most Successful Business People Have in Common www. It's not what you know. All day. and many don't even notice it happening. to another. Your aim is to do business as effectively as possible. the above example is an extreme one. or even ten years later? Kind of like viewing your whole life up to this point as one big long line. This is totally relevant to your business. Like I demonstrated earlier. no matter how strange you may think this report is for a filmmaker. Start Today and you will see results. leave your options open and you'll never be left stuck in a rut.filmmakeruk. to another and so on. your project. Be open to new ideas and the new information that’s coming your way – keep your mind open to new ideas. think to yourself: Where could this take me? What new situations will arise right away. One thing I do need you to understand though to complete this concept is that you are in control. but it's up to you to take those steps. Just like you drew those dots connecting your friends. 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. understanding you have so much control.
This opportunity spotting and taking is the key to your success. I want you to use it too. you have the control here. if you wanted to. 8. don't worry about specifics for now. is to control it. Don’t do everything on your own. hopes and dreams are too far away for your liking. Always create options and opportunities for yourself in this way. any situation at all. where could this take me if I say yes. and know it exists. is that it's going to take your forwards. On that same note. think. no one else.) 9. Where will this take you? Who knows. towards your goals. take up everything you can as often as you can. and even though you can't predict where it's going to lead. When you wake up tomorrow and any situation presents itself. Remember. It's in your hands and totally down to you. at the end of it.4. On top of this. forms and sizes. and you'll never be stuck in a rut. I don't know. you don't know. but one thing I can most definitely tell you without a doubt. I have never met anyone successful in the filmmaking world that does not or has not at one time or another used this tactic to his or her advantage. If we assume that the first step to being a success is about making contacts. Sometimes you may feel that your goals. Use and apply this technique. from this point onwards. Opportunity can come in all shapes. let me ask you. 6.filmmakeruk. just understand the concept. If you want to be a success. everything you want and could ever want is never more than seven steps away from you. The same is true with marketing. you'll always have more than you started out with. See how your success is closer than it appears? 7. take it in. it doesn't have to be just meeting people. who could I meet if I go here instead of taking an extra lie in after a late night. 2011 50 Things the Most Successful Business People Have in Common www. What did you do when you just asked your friend earlier for an introduction to another friend? You controlled who you were meeting. 5. for even more re-enforcement of how you can put this effect to good use. could you get an introduction to your friend’s friend that you've never met before? I bet you could with a few words. not to mention how you'll immediately see your rapid forward movement in the direction that you want to be going in.com All Rights Reserved Page 11 . and it's frustrating because it's going to take too long to reach them. 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. (We'll also be talking more about this later. plain and simple. 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. where could it take me if I do this instead of watching TV. scientifically. Remember your friends’ dots that you drew on the wall? 10. © FilmmakerUK Ltd.
To make sure you know exactly what you're letting yourself in for.filmmakeruk. I've seen friends have amazing successes starting from the very bottom and working their way up. Understanding Filmmaking I'd like to take the time out to talk about what you're getting yourself into. major ups and major downs. When I first got going with filmmaking I noticed . © FilmmakerUK Ltd. it's been one heck of a ride with ups. Let me tell you. countless methods and guides for success. and in the direction you want it to go. downs. even if you don't feel that way. why you're doing this. the fascinating world of filmmaking. and not to mention. 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.com All Rights Reserved Page 12 Looking back. To induce the correct mindset for success through answering three quick questions about yourself. To demonstrate that it's far easier to move your business forwards. To explain how we as filmmakers are all multi-skilled masters of creation. even since 2007. To decrease anxiety through opening up your mind to doing the opposite of what you've probably been doing for most of your life as far as deadline setting is concerned. I've seen people that seem to know almost everything. and I've seen many people fail and just give up. where you are now. I've seen people succeed in achieving their dreams and goals. 2011 50 Things the Most Successful Business People Have in Common www. I've seen a lot in this business – and before since 1995. and where you want to be in the future.Filmmaking Overview of this Section To share the base need to know knowledge before moving on to specific & detailed filmmaking. than many have led you to believe through other guides and scare tactics. Not just what you're getting yourself into. but what we've all dived in to headfirst. instead of a long drawn out positive thinking and goal setting processes.
Everything here I've seen and learnt at various stages of my business and filmmaking development and would like to pass directly to you before we even get started to provide you with a base for your knowledge. what to expect. I started to realize things. As I progressed building my projects and my business. People were going about their filmmaking business totally blind to the fundamental flaws that they were creating for themselves. Of course I won't bore you and relay everything that I learned in college and university. 2011 50 Things the Most Successful Business People Have in Common www. if I ever write about filmmaking. perhaps. quit their jobs and live the good life. and most importantly how to go about this correctly on the ground floor. and that was the high rate of failure. Real facts that you should keep in mind while in the filmmaking business. because of course building a strong base is extremely important for the short term. the first thing that I'm going to talk about in FilmmakerUK is the fundamentals of business. but they forget about themselves. but aren't necessarily practical jobs that you can get on with right now. This is great. the basics of business seem to have been forgotten.com All Rights Reserved Page 13 . This is a really important section. You don't need a huge amount of cash to put down for a property. I'm going to include a report entitled 'Things I Wish I Knew Before I Started'. Everything you're about to read is very background-like information. and so on. fame. Kind of rules that you shouldn't deviate from. The Fundamentals of the Filmmaking Business The thing with filmmaking is that anyone anywhere can start his or her own project or business. and their eyes light up. because to be honest. Why you're doing what you're doing. 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. never mind total and utter success. Things you should always have in your head while working your business and your projects. but somewhere along the way. testing my own methods. This is why I want to talk about you. In a way.something a little scary. © FilmmakerUK Ltd. I remember back in the day saying to myself 'When I make it and reach my goals. and moving up the ladder as it were and gaining more experience. They see the potential for money and. just in terms of survival. what you want and how you plan to get it before going any further. I then decided. What I really want to get into in this section is You.filmmakeruk. or put down a large sum of money for storage. and you don't need to buy stock. In fact. this is true. barely any of it applies to the real world of business. One thing that I find with the filmmaking business is that people see the opportunity there to make a whole load of cash and have fun.
This Is Real Business Next up. but let me explain. Why are you here? When you've answered that question. Any tough times you come across. or any problems that may arise with your business in the future. a walk down the red carpet. the opportunity is there for everyone. Quick and simple. as we already mentioned earlier.filmmakeruk. but look at it this way. You're starting or building a business. 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. you may find yourself waking up in five years’ time. or for only credit. remember why you're here and why you're doing this and why it is worthwhile. without this motivation. It's likely because you didn't set yourself a goal. © FilmmakerUK Ltd. remember it. in the same place. 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.com All Rights Reserved Page 14 . Why am I here? What do I want? How do I plan to get it? Basic? You may think so. that BAFTA. raising that Oscar. sitting in the same chair. updated and well a truly embedded in your mind. and loads of adverts on Shooting People asking for crew to work for nothing. but it doesn't seem to sink in that they're actually starting their own business. 2011 50 Things the Most Successful Business People Have in Common www. Keep it filed. your name in shining lights. Why have you decided to start your own business in filmmaking? Why make a film at all? Maybe it was the promise of some extra cash. Don't let this happen to you.Why Are You Here? First up. 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. I'm sure you've seen many short films done on no budget. it does make me wonder. The problem I see every day is. food and copy (which is illegal). which is done simply by answering those three questions. and to be honest. All you ever need to do is ask yourself those three questions. I want to touch on something that I still see every day. it's not time consuming but it is an extremely important part of your success. Some people like to create whole elaborate plans around their goals. why are you here? Really ask yourself that question. but for now we'll leave it at that. It's not hard. in the same situation and wondering why you haven't moved forward.
you're reading this. money-wise. 2011 50 Things the Most Successful Business People Have in Common www. and having read the introduction so far. Always. A good filmmaker knows that as well as having a good product (film. career-wise. most importantly though. You know the source of © FilmmakerUK Ltd. I'm not saying you have to go overboard with re-writes.It really makes me think when I watch those films. Would you buy these films even if they were totally amazingly great? Very rarely. it's just not enough. you may feel that this next point is a contradiction in terms. Your Personality Gets You Noticed Here comes the fun part. I see this more and more. There’s just no market for that sort of thing – especially now with YouTube. the reports I'm sent by people. or they’re just going to turn off and move along. Vimeo and all the other freebie sites out there. This is really important for the success of any filmmaker. 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. Taking the above idea of being professional at all times. what we sound like and it gives FilmmakerUK some personality. they will buy from you or invest with you in the first place. I know that sounds very opinionated. tv series).. and that is. and the sales letters for new products or services that I read on a daily basis. investors and end consumers will notice. everyday with the e-zines I get through my mail. The major point I'm trying to make here is to understand fully what you're getting yourself into. but its roots are based in fact. chances are it's not up to scratch and it's not going to do you any favours. inject your own personality. but my personal belief. the worries of any potential investor need to be squashed as quickly as possible. or short term. or it just won't happen for you. Professionalism is all good. long term. always keep your work professional and top quality if you want to get off the starting blocks. and it sure helps get to know people and meet new contacts and form business relationships. re-edits.filmmakeruk. based in fact is that if you have put in the extra effort with something. you have to remember above all to be business-like and professional at all times. With the anonymity of internet and the number of films on it. and they will remember you. As far as I'm concerned right now. Do these guys know that they're supposed to be running a business? Don't hate me yet.com All Rights Reserved Page 15 . etc. If you create something and don't feel totally comfortable with it. but on its own. you have some insight into us and who we are. free time wise.
Every single project that you create. which is especially apparent when creating projects with a co-production partner. let’s face it. We didn't want to create a tedious experience for you. Remember. keep that in mind when you're creating your own sales letters. and this is something very important that should be taken into account in the planning process. © FilmmakerUK Ltd. as much time as you can spare. alongside the professionalism. We'd lose out. otherwise it'd turn into another random and boring faceless block of text telling you what to do. I'm sure you're getting the idea now. Right now. 2011 50 Things the Most Successful Business People Have in Common www. not good for either of us. and that's the last thing we want. It will not only help people remember you and build your personal brand. a year or maybe more. just to find out that you've run out of time or cash.filmmakeruk. and throughout the rest of the report. Here’s a slightly more direct example for you. you don't want to find yourself three quarters of the way through development. If we didn't do this. Inject your own personality. and talking to you as if I was talking to a friend. Your Personal Resource Reserve The next important section I want to talk about is your resources. being a professional and respected businessman or businesswoman doesn't mean you have to go about your work in a boring way. get bored. your pitch document. 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'. Not good. How much time do you have to devote? Do you need more? How much cash do you have to put down? Do you need more? Similar projects sometimes require diverse panning and bring up very different situations. and take away a negative experience with our names attached to it. in fact keep it in mind whatever you're doing. as well as your business. creating your treatment or elevator pitch.com All Rights Reserved Page 16 .them. two months. but in a professional sense. stop reading. and you'd lose out. you would just be reading another boring bundle of text that didn't have any background or meaning. and you can spread that work load out over the course of a month. because. When you consider not all projects that you create have a time limit. 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. I'm writing to you. Something that's very important to me here is that in light of the last section on professionalism. 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.
I want to reassure you now that it is achievable and you're not wasting your time reading this. Yep. this isn't to say it can't happen real quickly. All of us are special in that we are so skilled and probably don't even notice it. we set up co-productions. do business admin. We write our own sales material in the form of pitch documents and whatever else people need. 2011 50 Things the Most Successful Business People Have in Common www. you are. Granted you can have line producers build your budgets for you. To sum up. Throw all your time limits out the window right this moment. We do it. you need to stop setting yourself deadlines right now. that you're not gated from creating something big. They're not super rich. but if you're just starting out at the beginning of development and don't have that kind of cash to spend. because all it does is add to your frustration and anxiety of only having so many days or weeks left to reach your goals. copywriters write your sales material and so on. and customer service.I want you to know though. This isn't to say it can't happen. we plan the project. it all falls to you. You name it.filmmakeruk. but if you're going to make it. My point here is don't set yourself a target of a multi-million pound project within six months. we follow-up. but we're special. and find talented people to work with.com All Rights Reserved Page 17 . we advertise our own projects. We create the script and story. A little of each is good to start out with. we design and build a business case around it. something profitable and a film business to be proud of because of small time constraints or budgetary concerns. Remember the first point we talked about? Why are you doing this? This is your primary goal. but again they have a great base to work from. You’ve Got All the Time in the World I know many people that earn between thirty and eighty thousand pounds a year. you will earn as much as you want to earn if you take the professionalism point into account at every turn. but you have to stop setting yourself time limits. and don't be downhearted if you're not as rich as you hoped within the first few months. You may not think it if you've been on the scene a while. Why We’re All Special The fourth fundamental I want to talk to you about is about our skills. Just work towards it and you will get there. © FilmmakerUK Ltd. Take a look at what creating the average project takes us through.
2011 50 Things the Most Successful Business People Have in Common www.com All Rights Reserved Page 18 . You know where you're going. if someone took my business away today. Want proof? Try it. let me explain. I now know for sure you are 100% totally and completely comfortable with your position.This isn't a problem. and told me to start again. Never forget that. and a relatively small amount of cash. everything you're doing. and you also know what you're capable of. have done and will do. or more time to spend with your family. there is a business size. however. you are a businessman. that weren't so apparent last time. and watch what happens. Don't give up on ideas because they seem too out of your league. One of the main problems is people going about their business totally blind to the fundamental flaws of what they were creating for themselves. Whether it's more money you're after. Information overload is bad. everything you want to achieve. confused and probably still no better off. feel free to go over the report again. All they need is an idea. Go easy on yourself.filmmakeruk. you'll end up tired. © FilmmakerUK Ltd. run down. Let me tell you now. Everything here is I believe a great base of knowledge for your business. Nowadays anyone can start their own filmmaking business. but the one thing I want to get across to you before moving on to the next sections is to keep things structured. Read it over again if you have to. The above section may have seemed a little messy and a little jumpy as far as subjects are concerned. It is all worth it. they would be the number one things I'd be happy to know this time around. but this time really ask yourself the questions and have answers before moving onto the next one. If the reasoning behind this report isn't immediately clear. There’s no longer any need for large amounts of investment to get started. Ok. A space-filler this is not. If you really did look at yourself. You know in a very general format how you're going to get there. or maybe at a later date. Summary 11. 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. type or way of doing things that suits you. If some things are still unclear. and just look at it as a quick way to make some extra cash. For this reason people forget that they're running a business. one final point to make before we finish here. and if you try to be the best at everything. or businesswoman.
2011 50 Things the Most Successful Business People Have in Common www. 13. this is not a toy. because this is going to be your driving motion that’s going to push you towards success. If you want to stand out. always think business owner. This is not a game. we advertise © FilmmakerUK Ltd. Don't get hung up on setting yourself deadlines. These need to be squashed as quickly as possible. don't be afraid to put a little of yourself in there. 18. 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. Always think business. they have to eliminate any worry from the investors’ minds when they review your proposal. no set goals means chasing something that you want that’s always getting bigger and better. We write our own sales material. Without this level of professionalism it just won't happen for you. 17. if you want to be noticed and remembered.filmmakeruk. 20. or something for you to show your friends. It's entirely your creation. This just requires you to answer a few questions. You need a set goal. 19. You're not gated from creating a cracking project just because you don't have masses of time to spare or have budgetary concerns. and always think one hundred and ten percent professionalism if you're seriously looking to get anywhere. 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. which means you'll never reach it. A good filmmaker knows that as well as having a good project. and you will get there. you'll make an impression. 14. We are all special. Don't throw a good idea out the window just because you can't finish it in a few days. Jack-of-all-trades. Goal setting at least. It's the difference between you moving forward. Why are you here. we don't have a massive staffing base to do stuff for us until we reach production. even if it's just seven hours a week to start with. Deadlines equal anxiety. and it's there for one reason and one reason only. If you're trusted. you're trusted. and staying where you are right now. and will slow you down. You can spread the work over a longer period of time. Set a goal and work towards it. No goals means no motivation. 15.12. After all. Everything has to be the best work you've ever done. Similarly. you have to do it. 16. and further away. frustration.com All Rights Reserved Page 19 . Think about these right now. Think about your resources. and that is to achieve your goals and improve your life. No matter how much people don't like the whole positive thinking and goal setting frame of mind. It has to sink in that you're starting or building your own business. Inject your personality. no motivation means waking up in five years time and wondering why you're in the same place. Professionalism is a must at all times. if you're remembered.
don't throw away an idea just because you don't know how to do something.and sell our own projects. Congratulations. we follow-up. 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. do business admin. and customer service. 22.com All Rights Reserved Page 20 . You name it. 21. We do it. © FilmmakerUK Ltd. 2011 50 Things the Most Successful Business People Have in Common www. 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.filmmakeruk. but again.
if you followed them. To demonstrate that you probably know more about filmmaking and marketing/ selling than you think. If they're telling you a particular phrase which has become all the rage lately. I want to talk through with you some of the most common.filmmakeruk.com All Rights Reserved Page 21 . I'm going to show you as many reasons as I can think of why filmmakers are struggling so that you can actively spot and solve them immediately. they can't help you. no matter how nice and kind they are to you. let’s look at this in a different light. in the business. To show you that there are always parts of filmmaking that someone doesn't enjoy. 2011 50 Things the Most Successful Business People Have in Common www. There are a lot of reasons why this may occur.Success Overview of this Section To discuss the top reasons for success and failure. and they didn't work. Many are struggling. 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. To talk about the way we all spend our day and our routines as self-employed. After all. Rather than being a totally negative report in which I tell you why you're not being as successful as you'd like. and some of the problems we’ve all had to overcome on our journey. To show you that no matter how good any previous guides sounded. they weren't telling you the whole story. 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. 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. the realities in the market. It’s a fact. aren't something you can go to © FilmmakerUK Ltd. through a plethora of situations through no fault of their own. In my experience a very common mistake – I also landed in this sticky trap. 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.
It's nothing to be embarrassed about. this guy is big and makes a load of cash. point it out to them. they tell me that they've been reading this free e-book they were given. I'd like you to really focus on what's being said and be on the lookout for examples that sound like you. the more you spend the better quality you get. or anyone you know to be making this mistake. Often. because it just sounds like sales talk. and mistakes will be made. It was a great motivator and sometimes that's just © FilmmakerUK Ltd. but let me say I experienced this one too. let’s move on. or they read about something before but were never sure how to actually go about doing things. If you have any friends in the business. it's solely something for you to think ‘wow. and what I'm telling them contradicts what's been written. 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. but whether that information is good. When we start out we're all feeling our way in the dark.school or to college for and be taught (although they should be!). Generally. So without further delay.’ That's the exact effect we're looking for here. 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.filmmakeruk. Unfortunately. nothing more. tested and complete is another matter altogether. tried. This spurred me on quite nicely and turned out to be the boost I needed to get to this stage of my development. trying to point someone to a high priced product is not always easy to do. 2011 50 Things the Most Successful Business People Have in Common www. text book(s) and/ or mentor. nothing to get aggravated or annoyed about. Did you ever feel like someone wasn't quite telling the whole story with previous guides. when people start out. until one day I bought someone else’s product which kind of put me straight. this is a guarantee. Whilst reading through. is you already knew how to do everything but didn't get the work done for some reason. 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. and got me thinking. There are plenty of reasons for this. but already knows everything he is teaching. Are You Listening to the Right People? The first one I'd like to talk to you about is your choice of guide. or even being told incorrect information. that sounds like me. Hey.com All Rights Reserved Page 22 . I Bet You Know More Than You Think Big reason number two. I’d best stop doing that. or something you might do. text books you've purchased or even been given? It's all too easy to find information about filmmaking. but I digress.
and set yourself goals to avoid this. I'd suggest doing something similar with your projects too.filmmakeruk. and came out with 60+ pages. how much you get done over how much time. it's amazing how much time we waste doing nothing useful even when it seems we are.’ Intrigued I did as she said. Someone pointed this out to me four or five years ago and they said. Try it. speaking to some friends for a few minutes. Next time you're doing a big job such as writing a report. This is something I kept in mind with this report. I guarantee you I can triple the amount you got done without sacrificing quality the next day. I'd hope they did their job. you might just find the pace of things pick up. made you feel as though you were progressing and learning new methods and techniques that would be useful to you. then report back to me in the morning. going to grab some food. © FilmmakerUK Ltd. ‘hey.com All Rights Reserved Page 23 . for 2 hours. or at the very least a record of how much you're achieving and cut out all distractions. That's it. remove all distractions and just work. 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. Don't get me wrong. When you work try to either. a watch. I know you want to move forward or else you wouldn't be reading this right now. record how much work you do. Wasting Time without Even Knowing It Moving on. keep a timetable. you know. and a glass of water. and the reason we have the goal pages and summaries at the end of the written versions. flicking through the tracks on my MP3 player between each song trying to find the good ones and so on. Take some time out to work on your business.what people need to spring into action again. I'd suggest at the very least you might want to draw up a timetable for your work days. That’s good grounds for a novel! So here’s the thing. I'm not calling you lazy. I have something for you to test. 2011 50 Things the Most Successful Business People Have in Common www. or building a site. and wrote. Taking a look around on my desk now I have my keyboard. It's amazing how time flies and the work amount and quality is affected through distractions. not necessarily the knowledge itself. Sit down. nothing more. I've been working on this report now and some software at the same time for a few weeks. and I get work done. The best thing about this is there are no distractions. Came back the next day and she demonstrated to me how much time I was wasting doing irrelevant things: catching news reports on TV. Here's another more recent example of this. a set of goals. straight. 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.
listen to me instead because I'm a nice person’. My retort to the gurubashing is. but to listen to the person that doesn't listen to the people making the money. As I mentioned earlier they don't teach you this stuff in college or universities.com All Rights Reserved Page 24 . if you don't like the idea of having to do it yourself. In my experience everything you do is chained to something else. So here’s the thing. but things can change. When you find an answer. 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. Have you ever been sitting there. it can indeed be a little hard to get going if you've never done it before . Don't buy it. but guru-bashing as I like to call. The usual argument is ‘they're only in it for themselves. the number one thing that comes up here is promoting your project. That's like telling you not to listen to the people that are making the money.and scary. or if not. 2011 50 Things the Most Successful Business People Have in Common www. Unfortunately we as filmmakers have to take the good with the bad and carry on regardless. 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. Especially the first time around because you're no longer dealing with covert creations that you can hide away. Leaving one out can leave you with a huge gap in your business plan. Now I don't know how many people go for this to be honest. Not only that. In general when you start to delve deep into this business it's very different from what you see on the outside. Don’t Listen to the Big Guys… Are You Crazy? Moving on to the next and probably the most worrying part of this report. it's time to burn some bridges. they're not just in it for themselves. I don't fancy doing that'. either hire someone to do it if you can. maybe working away or reading your guides on how to achieve something. or elsewhere.filmmakeruk. or a report written by such a person. This confuses me to this day. so don't listen to them. but putting your work out there on a personal level and. and said to yourself 'Hmm you know. If I were to put © FilmmakerUK Ltd. no. You need to look at everything you're doing relating to your business and ask yourself whether it's helping or hindering you. and that’s that you may have found yourself a ‘don't listen to the big guys’ person. be it in this report. Usually when I talk to people about their filmmaking. it seems to have become a popular approach for some people. This sometimes results in coming up against something that will require you to overcome a barrier or pull of something new.Avoiding the Dirty Bits Does This Sound Like You? Next up comes ‘the avoid’ the dirty bits way of thinking. Strange.
and here I am now working on a number amount of projects with more contacts and more knowledge in my head than I ever imagined would fit. 2011 50 Things the Most Successful Business People Have in Common www. I had this old project that was progressing pretty well. Unfortunately some of the people I knew back in those days weren't all that lucky and. Understand that there's nothing wrong with tweaking and developing your projects. I remember talking to him one day and he said to me 'Hey. and get promoting. you've been working on that script for a long time haven't you. No one would want to be associated with us. There comes a time after you ‘finish’ a script when you should have everything set up and running nicely (i. Meanwhile. but set it up. Keep an open mind. I highly suggest you keep an open mind though and know when it's time to move on to bigger. If you find yourself doing this you're doing something wrong. You make it good. whilst you're still with your original project re-arranging its scenes or pitch document content.e.filmmakeruk. and so each new project will only get better. make it as good as it’s going to get. They weren't lacking in content. but I totally missed the point. Yeah it was. Remember – you’re always learning. it must be pretty amazing by now'. Broken Vase Syndrome Next. © FilmmakerUK Ltd. tidying. are still in development for a project they created seven years ago. The moment I discovered this it kind of set me free. prettying up. I wouldn't sell any products and so on. Smooth everything over as quickly as possible and to the best of your abilities. producer) so that you're free to move on to a new project. or you don't make it at all.com All Rights Reserved Page 25 . it's kind of an unwritten rule out there. something that personally stopped me from moving on for a year or so. Not only me. agents. I thought to myself at the time. still banging their head against the proverbial brick wall. Each to their own. changing. 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. I was forever updating. full blown scripts – and he sold them. they were good solid.this report out and leave in a shoddy condition. We knew each other anyway so he'd given me access to his scripts and I was amazed. cleaning. It wasn't a small project by any means. I was wondering how he did it. better and newer things. someone I'd met about the same time I started out pulled their own three scripts out of the bag. maintaining the script and pitch document and so on. Never constrain yourself to one and work on it constantly over huge periods of time – unless you’re close to being green-lit. work on new projects. considering I hadn't learned much at that period. I'd love to see how many people come back and buy from me later or help to promote FilmmakerUK. I wouldn't get joint ventures.
A great way to make you feel better. huh? Well now you know. after text book. © FilmmakerUK Ltd. Ten. if you're in filmmaking or any business that I've encountered so far. so prepare to get over it now and you'll be fine. or just someone having a bad day. Each and every one of them. we have the all important knowledge. Keep moving forward. the odd strange random meeting. flat out told things I've done were crap. The whole buying guide. and that's worrying about not succeeding. Whatever you do though. always push yourself to break new boundaries and. twenty.filmmakeruk. You will encounter it. 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. Well. great. 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. refused. 2011 50 Things the Most Successful Business People Have in Common www. you'll need to burn bridges and try something new every now and again. and you know what? If you haven't experienced all this already. but for those of you who are reading and who get a little uptight when approaching something new this is for you. You'll need to find your own way of getting by and not being discouraged when something goes incredibly pear-shaped. They claim they've read everything but still haven't reached their dream of making their film. Those of you more laid back who don't get dented by that stuff.I’m Worried I Can’t / Won’t Succeed Next up comes something that's not unrelated to what we spoke about earlier. because you'll burn bridges a lot faster than us out there that hate it when someone doesn't like our work. I don't doubt I'll get the same again in the future from people who can't be bothered to get out there and try these methods. you don't have to worry about not having the knowledge anymore because everything is covered in this guide for this particular method. and without it we'd all be doomed and useless at pretty much everything. Let me tell you. when looking at avoiding the dirty bits. I understand that it's not easy when you come up against things like this. let me tell you now that you will. as the kind of person that likes to please everyone all the time. after guide is getting a little over-the-top for some people that I've spoken to in the past. shouted at. but I do want you to make sure you're using it. I've been sworn at. This is why you'll always get the best from anything I do personally. The fact is. don't work and so on. and you're prepared for it. useless. Knowledge Really Is Power Next up. thirty or more books read. after all.com All Rights Reserved Page 26 . denied. you have to accept it and move on. which is great. and carry out tasks that you don't feel comfortable with or are going to really despise doing. Knowledge is power. Whether it's from their contact list.
This is all well and good if you want to be making a small micro-budget film. shop around for a good deal if you can. 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.filmmakeruk. 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. free web design. 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. bored and broke. 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. your pitch documents and business plans especially. maybe. free promotion. We all like something for nothing but there are those people out there who go over the top searching for free deals. You will not get anything set up if you're looking for everything that's free. your scripts. and in the end you're going to end up frustrated. Free training. So free stuff. Page © FilmmakerUK Ltd. I highly doubt this applies. However. but if you want to surpass that you need to expand a little. Don't turn into one of those report hoppers. On top of that you'll be pulling in double the resources to promote in the future. free sales copy writing and so on. because it won't get you very far. This comes in many forms but I want to talk about this in general rather than anything specific as in the other sections. Co-productions are one example and you'll be splitting the profits 50/50 (or whatever is appropriate). but when it comes to the fundamentals of your business. but I want to be sure and catch anyone right here and weed these problems out before they start. 2011 50 Things the Most Successful Business People Have in Common www. and double your potential investors. 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. The Freebie Magnet Next we have the freebie magnet. which is something we definitely want to avoid. free hosting. double the people in your follow-up. Granted. What you will get though are double the contacts.Like we've already discussed this can be for many reasons. Seeing as anyone reading this will have purchased the membership.com All Rights Reserved 27 . and your potential investors will be able to see that too. don't go with the free option because quality will suffer. 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.
walls and obstacles that you have to personally overcome before you can make a success of this. just because you don't have these problems right now. Watch for this because you may find you know more than you think. The initial learning period is probably over. getting frustrated and failing until they either quit.filmmakeruk. 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. The general rule is: the more you spend on ‘how to’ guides. courses and manuals. Well. but don't realize it. It's a fact that we as filmmakers as I've mentioned before have to be multi-skilled. Start moving forward and take action. If none of the above apply to you right now that’s great. After your first few production projects you'll start to see some contacts land in your lap that you can join up with later. This is the most powerful of any tool at our disposal and will make us all successes. Be careful though. You probably already have all the information and know how. remove them. Don't forget what you've just been reading and you'll do just fine. and your success could well © FilmmakerUK Ltd. it had to be done and was too important to leave out and not tell you about. 24. So there we have it. and I look forward to seeing many successful projects come from you. 25. and I prefer to concentrate on success rather than why people fail. it's important to start working as a team. us filmmakers are all a little box of versatility. When you get into the scene it's very. 2011 50 Things the Most Successful Business People Have in Common www.com All Rights Reserved Page 28 . put it to good use. the better quality you get. I just want to make a note. and therefore don't feel comfortable putting it into action for one reason or another. (you included). It is indeed the most negative of them all. Unfortunately as much good as it does for those of us who understand this. and there will be many problems. Summary 23. just make sure you do. Do you see any of these in yourself? If you do. We'll end here now. It doesn't matter how you do it. Alas. The top reasons that I believe get in the way of filmmakers’ goals and stop them from succeeding. you may develop any of them later.So you see. or learn this. You see. or fix them. very rare and unlikely that you'll have everything you need to succeed. Take the knowledge contained within this report. I hope you enjoyed this section. but before we do. it's detrimental to those who don't. and they will go on buying and buying guide after guide.
com All Rights Reserved Page 29 . 28. because you may already have the key that you need to be a success. if you face them head on and attack them full force you'll find. write it down if you have a journal. it's hard to go about something that you don't enjoy totally. flipping through songs to listen to while working. Open your mind. Try it and see how much more you get done when writing your documents. "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. 27. It's even easier to avoid things when you're in total control as with your own business. well I can skip this bit and do it later’. Avoiding the dirty bits: a way of thinking that is in my experience affecting almost every filmmaker constantly. 2011 50 Things the Most Successful Business People Have in Common www. as your business develops. In addition if you find something that you haven't been doing or avoiding. On a personal note to you. catching the news. in the past and no doubt in the future too. take it from me. Don't let anyone ever tell you that it’s easy because it sure does take some getting used to. and that's getting attached to a particular project. 26. speaking to some friends. You just may not know it because it's been placed at the back of your mind as something you don't particularly want to do. Ever learned something new and thought to yourself. 29. Your situation will not change unless you change it. 31.just be a matter of you taking the plunge and confidently putting all you've learned into action. or ‘this isn't really how I pictured this to be’? It happens to everyone. either consciously or unconsciously. It's all about that transgression to being in total control. and ask yourself. When you work try to either keep a timetable if that's your thing. 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. after finding the answer and writing it down. The progression from the worker to the boss isn't the easiest thing to do. It's quite likely you'll surprise yourself. your job gets easier and easier and it isn't so painful to fix this anymore. even if there are aspects you don't enjoy as much as others. 30. If you find an answer to that question. Being lazy doesn't come into it. If your project isn’t getting picked up. grabbing food. bring it to the front of your mind. or edited out of your personal knowledge base because it's something you're not prepared to do. keep it in mind. ‘ah.filmmakeruk. Be careful of how much time is being wasted. making calls and so on. a set of goals for the day in list format. and when you have a pre-determined picture of how something should be in your head. or at the very least keep a record of the amount of work you're getting done and cut out the distractions totally. and remember it.
34. put you off trying something new. be determined. family member or frustrated customers that take their life out on you. 33. but be confident. gain new ground all day every day. listen to people’s advice along the way. under any circumstances. let an abusive customer. Whatever it is. Build new bridges. Don’t do everything on your own. a frustrated investor. this is sheer determination. it will happen. but it does mean that you need to think a little more about working in a team wherever possible.into creating other projects and developing new ideas. but flatten any obstacles in your way. and you'll find that it actually takes more effort for you not to make it than it does to make it. which is great. because you'll burn bridges a lot faster than us out there that hate it when someone doesn't like our work. negative friend. and fight your way to success if you have to. 2011 50 Things the Most Successful Business People Have in Common www. either get you down or.com All Rights Reserved Page 30 .filmmakeruk. whether it was your fault or not. someone who didn't like receiving a proposal from you or someone who had their friend subscribe them to your fan base. This isn't desperation. 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. 32. It's the only way to move forward and learn. No matter how good your work is this is inevitable whether it's from those that don't understand your work. That's not to say that you need to go around partnering on every single project that you create. Don't ever. Don't ignore advice. © FilmmakerUK Ltd.
and show you how to use this information to emulate the successful. the time it’s going to take.com All Rights Reserved Page 31 . © FilmmakerUK Ltd. and talk about how to take advantage of them. To discuss the right frame of mind for business success. and to show you that the way we’ve done things is one of many methods that actually work. namely the biggest reasons you’ll be successful. To persuade you to dive in head-first every day. and the positive signs that you’ll be seeing. To introduce other aspects of filmmaking that may prove helpful for further learning in the future. A healthy business owner means a far greater chance of a healthy business. and the biggest reasons that may stop you from achieving your goals. and ultimately get there yourself in the shortest period of time possible.filmmakeruk.Final Thoughts Overview of this Section To re-cover and re-iterate some of the most important points put forward to you throughout the report. To talk about the importance of staying healthy. To talk further about the development of your business. 2011 50 Things the Most Successful Business People Have in Common www. and should have already begun to experience that show you that you’re heading in the right direction.
we all have good days and bad days. with the same content then it’s time to start asking questions and looking for the problem. You jump out of bed. Factors That Hinder Success The first is they either jump from guide to guide taking in the knowledge but not doing anything about it. 2011 50 Things the Most Successful Business People Have in Common www. and never moving forward. I’m not saying you have to be super-efficient all the time. Let’s forget the others for now though and concentrate on you. it’s amazing to see how people do one of three things. This was me a couple of years ago. You’ve improved the kitchen already by cleaning the surfaces and doing the dishes right? Not so. and make everything nice and clean again. the clean the surfaces. So you head out to the hall ready to do some dusting. until I realized I actually had all this knowledge and knew in depth and often more about a subject than the actual author. or just gone off and bought report after report and never actually act on them.filmmakeruk. jump in the shower have breakfast. No progress. but just didn’t know it. If you’re reading this. the first thing I want to talk to you about is moving forward. and on the way out you break a vase. where we’ll inevitably get more or less done that we know we should. Imagine you wake up in the morning and decide you’re going to clean the house up that day. but there’s this little problem of moving onwards and upwards that many people can’t seem to grasp. you’ve just been reactive. but there’s not much we can do about that without mind control techniques. and you Hoover up all the bits and take the broken bits outside. decided it’s not for them. you’ve already proved that you have grasped this concept. 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. Many will have given up. It was time to start asking questions. so out comes the Hoover. After putting your stuff away. and carried out required maintenance and things are now back to how they were when you first woke up.com All Rights Reserved Page 32 . and wash the dishes afterwards. you realize you cut your leg on a sharp plant outside.A Few Last Words We’ve covered so much in the previous pages. now as straight forward as it sounds. just reactive maintenance. which is a shame. Turns out I had all the knowledge already. Monitoring Your Success At all times I want you to be looking at yourself and your business. Surprisingly or not. 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. you head upstairs. No matter. I’d like to congratulate you if you’ve got this far.
com All Rights Reserved Page 33 . This brings me on to the final type of person that doesn’t succeed. move forward. I’m real tired and I still haven’t got much done. Not proactive. you’re literally just maintaining. move forward quickly.plaster on it. because there’s no progress.” now you know why. just with a slightly prettier pitch document. develop those projects. 2011 50 Things the Most Successful Business People Have in Common www. Give it a go. The prettying up the pitch document twelve times a year. and how to avoid it. more important than resource building or any marketing method anyone can ever teach you. © FilmmakerUK Ltd. more important than that project creation. more important than making any sales. and if you remember back to the top ten reasons for success section. Create those projects. contact those distributors. when actually all you did was pull out a bit of maintenance. talk to a few people about what’s been going on. It’s the same with business. have a look at a few cast and crew.filmmakeruk. There’s no in between. It’s important to distinguish between proactive and reactive. 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. 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. enhance those ideas. This should be your top priority. The maintainer. 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. Avoid it at all costs and you’ll do fine. change the colour of your pitch document. write those sales letters. there’s nothing here to move you forward. and you won’t be disappointed. Think about that next time you go to redesign something. because you might just find yourself in the same place in a year’s time. but learn to differentiate between the two. then head back downstairs. This is reactive maintenance also. Of course maintenance is a big part of everyday life and needs to be done. and gain valuable knowledge and firsthand experience along the way. because quite often you can come home after a hard day’s work and you might be so tired and feel like you got a lot done and moved forward. Are you redesigning because your responses tell you that your revision will increase the chance of finding investors. 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. learn to spot them and recognize them and you’ll immediately see a difference in your speed and efficiency. productive or profitable at all. Whilst they’re tired and say things like “Wow. something no one can put a price on because it’s just that valuable. and in fact some people still in that trap and aren’t looking like they’ll be getting out of it very soon. These aspects are more important than most will ever discover for themselves. I know many people who have fallen into this trap. If you sit down at your computer and do your maintenance. answer some mails. What have you achieved so far? Nothing at all.
I honestly believe through personal experience that being in the right frame of mind to get your business moving onwards and upwards quickly is again. whether it’s ten minutes. dinner is ready! Or ok. and helps you not only prepare for the day ahead. or thirty minutes later. you turn your computer off for the night. Always look forward. Like dreaming. turn it off. Remember to disconnect. Let me ask you this. you won’t be disappointed. I haven’t met anyone that’s not capable of this yet. In addition. which is partially hindsight. 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.Next up. which will take your mind off your daily life and some of your important daily tasks. It’s real important for your personal development and the development of your business. The best way without a doubt is to end your day with 15 minutes of quiet thought. and I don’t mean just from the Internet. I’m off to bed now. so if you’re unsure. it assists the organization of your thoughts. Even working at home and walking past it ten times a day is enough to spark thoughts. © FilmmakerUK Ltd.filmmakeruk. ‘Hold on! I’ll be there in a moment. have you ever been called by your husband or wife. 2011 50 Things the Most Successful Business People Have in Common www. I’m ready to go out now. and forget about everything. you’ll start to see some positive and quite strange results. I just need to do this first’. is the way in which you end your day when you’re working. This is definitely something we want to avoid. I mean totally. and I assure you. You leave your place of work. It’s like keeping a journal. sleeping. either. focused and pure thinking at its best. it’s all about evaluating your situation and your business with an open mind. but sort out any problems you may have stumbled upon without the need to get stressed about it. If you haven’t experienced this yet. Keeping your distance from your work isn’t something that’s easy to do. especially if you have your computer in your bedroom. let’s look at your frame of mind. are you coming too? And your reply comes something like this. As important as the above. and sometimes even disrupt sleep. looking from the outside in then after you’re done. Hindsight is a very powerful thing. 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). are we going? Or even more likely.com All Rights Reserved Page 34 . and taking this important time out on a daily basis allows you to prepare for future situations that may arise. but more crystal clear. Practice this often and within a few days. more important than any marketing tactic that you can learn. or family member for something? Anything at all. You’ll begin to see problems and present solutions to them before they even happen. This method of pulling off the relaxing and reflection.
Prepare yourself. This is why it’s important to do both of these exercises. Observe yourself. I’m not giving you instructions on how to run your life. my back hurts and I can’t see much anymore’. developed carpal tunnel syndrome. above everything taught in this guide stay healthy. when creating ad campaigns. No way. © FilmmakerUK Ltd. Disconnect. but it’s important to me that if you’re going to be a success in the future. it’s possible it may go pear-shaped. starting the car and going back to the computer because you forgot to do something. I’m not trying to tell you how to live your life by any means. because if it does happen you’ll need patience. There’s speed. or you have to do something before you go. 2011 50 Things the Most Successful Business People Have in Common www. Health is always number one. but then there’s another level of speed. look after your wrists. doesn’t mean that you’re slacking. turn your computer off safe in knowledge you haven’t forgotten anything. efficiency and determination. look after your back. Above all. you’ll need determination and a clear and sharp mind to sort out problems quickly. not on my watch. and your business. efficiency and determination. 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. and look after your eyes and belly. 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. type correctly. Stay healthy. Classic one that.Another example of this type of mindset going full steam ahead is coupled with the above examples. contacting people. Just because you’re not working on your business longer than your body or mind can comfortably handle. whatever it might be. far from it. Again. relax. It’s no good being successful if you’re too sick to enjoy it. 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. look from the outside in. then when you’re done. Get some of those wrist supports one size bigger than you need. when launching new projects. Trust me on this one.filmmakeruk. creating co-productions. Prepare Yourself We already talked about how things don’t always go to plan. Get a good chair. even if it means you go out and buy some weights and run a little every day. you have to keep getting out of bed at night. or keep walking out the door ready to go.com All Rights Reserved Page 35 . but I gained a couple of stone. Take regular breaks and do regular exercise. cut it off.
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. taking someone else’s methods and plugging them into your projects without copying any aspect from them at all. They’re all important to you in this way because they will form the basis of your ideas. Everlasting Ideas Keep your imagination and mind working at all times. Mix with your market. creating a basis for your tracking and new ideas. the advice from experts. Here’s an example of how this works. 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. In the last week. the services and sales agents you use to promote your products. This isn’t for any reasons related to copying. 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.com All Rights Reserved Page 36 .filmmakeruk. Unless you mix with your market (i. 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. whilst actively taking an interest in other filmmakers and what they’re doing. the cinema-goers and DVDwatchers). © FilmmakerUK Ltd. There’s only a need to do this on the odd occasion that something goes wrong. watching their films and their marketing methods (both for the consumer. and with the investors) and looking at their techniques. Everything else can wait. their pitch documents. allowing you to come up against. discover and ultimately solve problems with your projects through this research. turn off and walk away and continue tomorrow. but they are ideas all the same. 2011 50 Things the Most Successful Business People Have in Common www. and thus won’t have any project ideas that they will want. watching other filmmakers. and you’re experiencing the market first hand. Some wild and some wacky. your experience.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. and won’t be able to solve them. their projects and so on. The reason for this is solely to keep your mind awake and to keep it producing idea after idea after idea.e. and the guides and text books you read. If you’re not mixing with your market you won’t know any of the problems. we already talked about emulation and how to carry this out correctly. This is something that we all need to be doing on at least a weekly basis. disconnect. You’re mixing with new marketing methods.
So there we have it. every person that contacts you. A single meeting can span multiple projects and several years for example. 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. and I keep telling you that it won’t be instant. just because you have to build resources. every email you send. Don’t get wrapped up the craze and the dreams of big budget films in a couple of months. achieve focus and keep moving towards your goals and that of your business without distractions and the minimum of mistakes along the way. sales or investors because these are the key to your success. ‘Keep your business a real business’. Start to think in terms of resources instead of filmmakers. Keep Building Those Resources The Key to Quick Success Next up. the resources not the sales.com All Rights Reserved Page 37 . If you can make sure that you’re moving forward and can see progress every time you leave your workstation. 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. you’re well on the way and have won half the battle. Of course the resources are there to make you sales. This brings me back to the previous point about gradual growth. This will allow you to protect yourself. I wouldn’t be surprised if most people are thinking a year or two ahead to get to where they want to be. A single contact can pull in hundreds of resources. Don’t lose that real business frame of mind. or whatever. It’s important that you do not underestimate what you have at your disposal. Gradual Progress Whilst moving forward it may help you to keep this in mind. © FilmmakerUK Ltd. just five thousand quality subscribers can be responsible for creating buzz. your pocket. Of course. every person you contact. Mix with your market. and remember what we’re about in this game. Keep creating real projects and selling sheer quality to real people and you will move forward. but without them there’s little success in filmmaking no matter how good you might be at promotion. it’s not the several years job you might be feeling a little anxious about.Just one of your ideas may turn out to be more profitable than all my ideas put together. but depending on the deals you pull and how quickly and effectively you can make the progress using your knowledge.filmmakeruk. subscribes to your fan list. It will keep your creative juices flowing. Just a single contact. keep building those resources. every chance you get. it is gradual. 2011 50 Things the Most Successful Business People Have in Common www. Just a small number of the quality resources that we already talked about can be extremely successful for you. Every meeting you have. and that’s even before we look at joint ventures or product/ brand promotion and affiliates. you’ll be having too many of them. By the time you’ve launched two or three projects. So you see. business in general as well as with your resource building.
If you can say for a fact. If you’re not making any mistakes. It’s totally up to you. Make mistakes. Make lots of mistakes. build. Also remember what this does in terms of you vs. Every time we make one and find the solution. We like mistakes. it’s time to look at the way in which you’re working. every other filmmaker out there. that’s common sense and logical deduction using facts. that’s another tool. 2011 50 Things the Most Successful Business People Have in Common www. and multiply. These a prime examples of condemning a project or an attempt at a project to failure before it’s even been tried and prevents that all important forward movement. and before you know it. but equally as important as all that we’ve discussed so far. screw up every now and then and learn something new. always keep your resources building each other. but be groundbreaking. Using the methods you’ve learned here. After all. my favourite. have you made a mistake? Excellent. be imaginative and be confident. © FilmmakerUK Ltd. this isn’t anything that’s stopping you. or do something that they don’t necessarily do every day and when you’ve asked them why they don’t do it. Mistakes Are Good Next up. another ally we can add to our arsenal that we didn’t have before. 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. because they teach us something every time we make them. separating them into categories. but. but don’t scare-monger or condition yourself to be worried about biting the bullet and going for it. they say ‘I would. and let things snowball.com All Rights Reserved Page 38 . that’s fine. be pioneering. In addition to the previous point. 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. Are you sticking to the stuff that you know best. or travel somewhere. yet we still make mistakes. 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… Finally.’ 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’. whether it’s set up a business.filmmakeruk. something won’t work through research and tracking. because you’re the one who controls your own mind. what is there to stop you aside from worries about something not working? In actuality. Taking each resource.An additional note to that. I Can’t.. and avoiding breaking new ground because you’re worried about making mistakes? All of this information is in our heads. have you ever spoken to someone who really wants to do something.
Don't get bogged down. 2011 50 Things the Most Successful Business People Have in Common www. Most of the time when people say they can't. ‘I can't’. they can. its summaries and write-ups was to get you moving forward with your business. looking from the outside to in.filmmakeruk. it's time to start asking questions. In addition health-wise. these are the most important things to keep in mind. Prepare yourself. Keep it moving forward at a pace. watch yourself closely.Take the plunge. but they either have to face a fear or give something up to get what they want. whole idea of this report. carry out the exercises then disconnect and walk away. Never say. You have to be in the right frame of mind to succeed. First. It’s no good being sick and successful. Go for it. quiet time to evaluate the situation. 41. even over project creation. Whatever was stopping you previously from achieving success should now be eliminated and through the above methods you've been taught. 36.com All Rights Reserved Page 39 43. . Sheer dogged determination is sometimes needed when the hours get long. actual marketing techniques or anything like that. those relaxation techniques. © FilmmakerUK Ltd. Remember what we talked about when looking at reasons for success. Stay healthy. you will immediately be able to see if you're moving forward or not moving at all with your business. keeping yourself up at night worrying about your business won't do you any productive favours. 37. What is stopping you launching your own projects using the techniques here? Is there any real reason that makes it not possible to move forward at this point? All the best with your film business! Summary 35. 40. its goals. and things don't always go as you planned them. 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. 42. 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. 39. 38. Once you're done working for the night. Keep doing them and you will start to see an extreme rate of development in your business.
and if you can see development and forward movement each and every week. Keep building those resources. Most of the time when people say they can't. learn from it. Take the plunge.com All Rights Reserved Page 40 . Never say. It's important that they are all built together and managed correctly at all times. 49. but they either have to face a fear or give something up to get what they want. 47. Wielding even a small number of affiliates. keep moving forward. customers. these are the key to your success. again. 48. Every single ‘do this’ and ‘don’t do that’ piece of advice in this course has been pulled from mistakes as well as successes. and move on. Unless you mix with your market. 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. Every chance you get. Made a mistake? Great. ‘I can't’. The world is full of all sorts of people. they can. 2011 50 Things the Most Successful Business People Have in Common www. Don't expect to wake up rich one morning. JVs. You’ll start to see amazing things happen. we all know it doesn't work like that in real business. © FilmmakerUK Ltd. you've won half the battle. don't let anyone scare you off. focus on it to really achieve. Keep your resources building each other. Similarly. Building all five at the same time is easy when you begin launching your own products. 46. 45. it's hard to get good. long-term contacts and lists hold immense power in so many situations. Make lots of mistakes. Things are gradual. 50. 52. Once you launch your first project if you haven't already you will immediately begin to see that ideas begin to come automatically. without practicing it literally. as that’s where your energy and the energy of everyone around you is going to go. but as with going to school or learning any new skill. This report is here to minimize this. Failure only occurs when you give up – so never give up. some will inevitably take a frustrating day out on you through the business. Making mistakes is good. If you truly want something.filmmakeruk. Keep your imagination and mind working at all times. 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. Go for it. Don't let it hold you back or scare-monger you into never trying anything new or trying again when you have more experience. it's very hard to come up with ideas when you don't know what the market wants in the first place.44.
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 .filmmakeruk. It’s great! Now It’s Your Turn. 2011 50 Things the Most Successful Business People Have in Common www. You’ll start to attract great people. And let’s Make Films Happen! Good luck! Sharon Odams Writer. so keep your eyes on your inbox.. Producer © FilmmakerUK Ltd. There’s more coming from FilmmakerUK.. Director.. Give your team a real reason to do what they’re doing as a leader..53.