BUT…WHAT IF YOU COULD
When I was about 12 years old, I was with my grandpa at the local amusement park. It was just he and I and we were having a blast going on all the rides, eating things we would normally get in trouble for eating and just genuinely enjoying our time together. It’s one of the best memories I have of him. It was also what has recently become a profound memory for me.
You see, after the election, I was truly devastated (don’t worry, this is not a political post), I honestly didn’t understand how people could vote for someone who made it ok for people to outwardly hate other humans. He made acting out on your anger OK and I could see this so clearly. It wasn’t until I had several conversations with people that I realized I think differently than a lot of people. It was during one of those conversations when I remembered that day at the park with my grandpa.
We had been going on rides all day long and there was one ride in particular that I just loved. It was super fast and made several loops. I was not the only one who liked it. It was a popular ride. I think we were standing in line to go on it for like the 3rd time when my grandpa groaned about how long the line was. I looked up at the line which spread about 5 levels of the metal snaking bars (I have no idea what they’re called…the ones that keep everyone in line…you know what I’m talking about) and then I looked behind us at the nearly 20 additional rows and I said something like “but, we could be all the way back there…that would be worse.” And, my grandpa said the profound thing I mentioned above…he said “wow, you really are an optimist.” I had to ask him what that meant. I was, after all, only 12. So, he explained it to me and I agreed. I didn’t understand why people would want to look at the world any other way.
I still don’t.
Because, I believe in choice. Of course, I have a natural tendency toward the positive and believe me, there have been plenty who have tried to beat that tendency out of me. Over the years I’ve been called “a Pollyanna,” been told I see the world through “rose colored glass,” (I promptly correct them by saying they’re actually yellow colored…thank you very much.) and been told that my perspective is “unrealistic.” The last one just makes me laugh. How is seeing a situation for what it is, possibly devastating in the moment, but full of possibilities and solutions unrealistic?
I am not someone who is unable to see when things are bad, believe me, I feel when things are bad. But, I choose to look at all the options and then focus on the positive possibilities instead of dwelling on the negative, horrible, we can’t control the outcome so we’re just going to become angry at the world and curse god, situation.
Therefore, I have one question for you today…what if it were possible?
What if your dream was possible? What would it look like if you took your career and life into your own hands? What would you need to do, have, become in order to make it possible? What resources would you need? How would it feel, really feel to have your dream be your reality?
I’m here to tell you that it is possible. It might not look exactly how it looks in your head, but once you achieve it, it will feel the way it feels when you dream about it, everyday. And, isn’t that better than being “realistic” in the sense of no hope and no possibilities?
I call this “practical positivity” and it’s how I choose to live my life. I invite you to try it out for a bit.
Take today to really think about what your life would be like if your dream were possible.
With All My Creativity,
PS – this blog is extra important to me. If you found it a good perspective shift, would you please pass it along? The world needs a little more positive perspectives right now (IMHO) and you never know, you could change someone’ life just by encouraging them to follow their dreams <3
And, I’d love to help you make your dream a reality and have created a program to help with that. Read about it below and learn how to get it for free at the bottom.
Here’s a solution
For years after I produced my first feature, April Showers, I was asked how we were able to raise money, get name talent, get a free SWAT team, and release the film in a groundbreaking way both online and in theaters.
Then when we became the first production team to ever produce a narrative feature specifically for hulu.com, I began answering those questions in public as co-host of the podcast, Film Method, at various film festivals on panels and while being interviewed by others in the industry on their podcasts.
Sharing the secrets to how we had done all these things was a huge thrill for me because we are in an industry where people guard their secrets like their lives depend on it. Having been in the self-help industry for years, I see this secret guarding as a mindset of lack.
My opinion is that there is more than enough to go around and if I can empower just one filmmaker to share a story they really care about, I can help change the world.
And, so, with an attitude of abundance, I set out to create a way to empower filmmakers by educating and inspiring them on how they can make their passion projects a reality and create a career that sustains them financially and soulfully.
It is out of this idea that Indie Movie Mastery was born.
Indie Movie Mastery combines my 16+ years in the Hollywood entertainment industry along with my unique “productively positive” perspective and love for all things “how-to” into a program that will get you from a dream to a reality.
The program itself is over 8 hours of pre-recorded course work, blogs, worksheets, etc. diving into: development, funding, production, distribution and marketing all designed to have you working on your passion project while setting yourself up for long-term career success (read: Money).
In addition to this DIY, work at your own pace program, I have decided to peel back the curtain even further.
I’ve taken on the project I talk about above as a consulting producer and will be doing Facebook live videos in a secret group where I’ll walk you through the process of making a passion project come to fruition.
It is unprecedented access to me and it will only be available in 2017. It is live so you can ask questions and interact with me and others in the group.
I firmly believe that movies can change people lives and I believe that there is more than enough room for everyone. Your voice matters and I want to help you get it out in the world.
The course is in the pre-order stages at $3,000. It will go up to $3750 in January when it’s officially launched. We have payment plans available if you email firstname.lastname@example.org to set up a call with my wonderful associate Alice.
You can also learn how you can win the course for free below.
I have to be honest with you, people have asked me why $3750 because working with me for a year typically costs $50,000. My response to that is that I truly want filmmakers to make the projects they really want to make so I’ve priced it low enough that it’s not going to break the bank. You can put the cost of the program into your project budget with ease. I also wanted to price it high enough that you’ll actually open it and do the work.
So many times we buy programs with the best of intentions and we forget about them. I know this program can change your life and I know you can make the movie you want to make if you do the work I’m setting in front of you so I priced it high enough that you’ll take it seriously.
Please you guys, really sit and ask yourself what you really want, then ask yourself why you’re not getting it. It’s the best time ever to be an indie filmmaker because we don’t have to wait for someone else to give us permission. Invest in yourself, invest in your dream and greenlight your own passion project today!
DAY 16 OF 21 GIVEAWAYS
How to raise funding is the #1 question I get asked.
The first step to raising funds is to know exactly how much you need to ask for. That entails doing a preliminary budget.
I am a rare bird who loves budgeting and have created the 21 day budget challenge as a way to help you breakdown the budgeting, you need to do in order to raise money, into small steps.
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