FILM INVESTING – PART 1

In the process of putting together funding for our feature film projects, I’ve been doing as much research as possible to gain a deep understanding of how film finance works. I figured, if I’m going to be meeting with investors and VC firms, I better know my numbers.

What I found, however, was an even more exciting pool of data that makes independent film, as one man puts it, “an attractive asset class”.

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WHY THERE ISN’T ANY FILM FUNDING IN UTAH

I’ve spent a lot of time over the last few months with the tech community in Utah. There’s a huge buzz going on in “Silicon Slopes”, and in an attempt to see what all the “buzz” was about, I started to attend meetups and other networking events put on by that community.

Come to find out, there are a lot of things happening that are truly buzz worthy. In Utah there are many companies that are valued over $500 Million, and in Provo alone there are three $1 Billion companies on a single STREET.

That’s one of the things that drew me to this community — there’s a crap ton of money circulating around. Check out these headlines from the last 3 weeks alone:

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So Good They Can’t Ignore You

I’ve been reading a lot lately.

A few weeks ago I finished The 10x Rule by Grant Cardone, which is a game changer.

Then I started reading a few things centered around stoicism, like The Obstacle is the Way, The Promise of a Pencil, and Letters From A Stoic.

None of those were as easy to speed through, as I felt like I needed to slowly digest those in order to really get what iI needed to get out of them. Then I remembered a book I had come across a while back, called So Good They Can’t Ignore You, by Cal Newport. I had been following Cal’s blog Study Hacks for a few years now, and remembered he had written this book. I had just never read it before.

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How To Start Freelancing

Freelance Field I’ve received this question a few times over the last few weeks:

“How do I start freelancing?”

Well, there’s a simple answer and a long answer. The simple answer is – DO IT. But that’s not super helpful.

In an attempt to be as helpful as possible, I’m going to focus on 3 principles that will help you start freelancing over the next 6 months. (6 MONTHS? Yes. And I’ll get to that)

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CHOOSE HAPPINESS

This week my wife and kids were out of town for a cousin’s wedding. This left me with the choice to be a lazy ass, a workaholic, or somewhere in between. I chose the workaholic route. While I normally spend about 60 hours a week at the office, in the last week I’ve spent over 90. I was able to finally work on some projects I haven’t had time for, and start thinking about future projects as well. But something happened this week, something amazing.

I realized that I was doing it all wrong.

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CREATE EVERY DAY

There was a great post on a blog that I follow that prescribed the 1 2 7 14 system for screenwriters. The gist is this: writers write. You know what else? Photographers take pictures, filmmakers make movies, and creators CREATE. You have to be doing something every day that is related to what it is that you do. Your creative output is what sets you apart from people that dream about being this or that to people that are doing it.

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