I was on a hike with one of my very best friends from childhood, yesterday. This woman is in love with working out and she is, quite frankly, intimidating to me. I mean, I actually picture her being able to lift a fiery car off of me if we are ever in an accident with such ease that the only reason she would be sweating is because of the heat. Come to think of it, she’s always cold so she might not even sweat. So, this lady (meaning, me), right here in all her out of shape, chubby glory was hesitant (to say the least) when asked to go on a hike through the gorgeous Griffith Park.

But, I went. And, of course, the conversation turned to my desire to get in shape because of the hikes my husband and I want to take on our epic road trip in 2018. My friend began telling me all the ways she stays motivated, like joining a running (this lady only runs if dinosaurs are chasing her) group or getting a workout buddy or (as I used to do) blog about it for accountability.

She’s making all these suggestions and I can feel my frustration build up inside of me until I finally blurt out, “yeah, those things used to work really well for me until I stopped working from a place of guilt.” It was then that I realized how differently I am motivated now that I’ve honed in on only doing things that I’m passionate about.

Then, not long after that, my phone alerts me that I’ve been tagged in a post on Facebook. I open it up and there is an article about the psychology around the “Myth of Self-Control.” In the article, it essentially talks about how we can’t “guilt” (my words) ourselves into avoiding things we really like. We need to shift our perspective into making things fun and enjoyable.

Why am I writing to a bunch of filmmakers about exercise? Because of this quote from the article:

“‘Want-to’ goals are more likely to be obtained than ‘have-to’ goals,” Milyavskaya says. “Want-to goals lead to experiences of fewer temptations. It’s easier to pursue those goals. It feels more effortless.”

Often times when we’ve decided to make a film, we are actually deciding to make a film we don’t actually want to make. We feel like we’re supposed to do it (guilt) and because we haven’t defined why we want to do this particular project or even why we love making films in the first place, we’re unable to find the fun and joy in the mundane and lose interest and motivation and we stop working toward making the film. And, because we stop moving forward without consciously making the choice to stop, we feel like we’ve failed.

This pattern is deadly to a filmmaker.

That’s why it’s so important to understand why you’re making a particular film or diving into a career in filmmaking in general so that you are doing something you actually WANT to do.

In the Indie Movie Mastery Online Course, I dive deep into this process so that you are sure about the project you’re about to invest years of time into. Because the reality is that the why drives your passion and passion drives producers, directors, financiers, actors, crew, distribution companies, audiences and…well…everyone you need to help you make your film the best it can be.

Yesterday I told you about a filmmaker who had a breakthrough around this and is now diving headfirst into their dream project and is feeling excitement like they never have before. How do I know? Because they just told me. That excitement is going to ensure success.

Making a movie is tough, it just is. Why not make a movie that excites you so that those tough parts become challenges you’re excited to overcome, instead of excuses for why you quit?

I’m passionate about helping you to set yourself up for success and have created a program that does just that. If you want to make your passion project, want to raise enough money to pay yourself and your crew, but don’t know how to do it, check out the info below because I definitely have a solution and want so badly for you to share your voice with the world.

Please don’t waste one more minute on a project that doesn’t feed your soul. I invite you over the weekend to really dream. Picture your dream project, your dream career and your dream life. What is the project and why is it your dream?

I’d love to hear what you’ve come up with. Please post your dream project in our Facebook community. Be brave, be bold and claim your dream project.

With All My Creativity,




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, 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 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!



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.

Don’t panic.

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.

And, it’s yours for free!

Just click here and enter the code: TAKE CHARGE at checkout and take the first step toward funding your passion project.


And, you have a chance to win the course FOR FREE! 

See information below!

Win the Indie Movie Mastery Course for FREE!!!

At Indie Movie Mastery, we believe in rewarding Decisive action and commitment to one’s career! Purchase Indie Move Mastery Now and be entered to win the course for FREE!  The sooner you buy, the better your chances of winning are!

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How? Purchase the Indie Movie Mastery Course at to have your name automatically entered into a drawing.  Be sure to buy now! The sooner you buy, the more times your name will be entered into the drawing and the greater your chance of winning a FREE COURSE will be!

How many times is my name entered?  This contest is only open to those who purchase the Indie Movie Mastery Course prior to or on December 21, 2016. Your name will be entered in the same amount of days that are left until December 21st.  So, if you purchase your course on December 1st, your name will be put in the drawing 21 times!!!


Can I use a payment plan and still be eligible for the contest: Yes! 

What happens if I win? You will receive the full Indie Movie Mastery Course and will be refunded however much you paid.  You will receive the Indie Movie Mastery Course, a $3750 value FOR FREE!!!