This ain’t no party, this ain’t no disco. This ain’t no fooling around.

In a business where the competition is so high that some people would eat their own children, I find it odd that many indie filmmakers I encounter have other important interests. Most of these interests are in no way related to the struggle to get their project into production.

I read an essay by a young woman (@melissatsang) this morning. She was celebrating her 27th birthday and she was opining about the twenty-seven lessons she’s learned in her current time through the life cycle. One of those, #10, jumped out at me in relation to independent filmmakers…Work Hard. Work Very Hard. Work Really Freakin Hard.

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My conclusion is this: if you need to play golf, go cycling, visit the Ozarks, support causes, etc. figure out a way to integrate some part of your filmmaking efforts into that interest. Invite a potential investor for a round on the links, do some research (FB, Insta,etc.) and see if the talent you’re seeking shares an interest with you, plan around a film festival at your vacation spot, make a documentary. Every time you find yourself doing something unrelated to your goal if making films, feel guilty.

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Because there are guys and gals working Really Freakin Hard and they will succeed. Will you?

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