First principles. I’ve heard the term since I was a kid, since – as a Mormon – we have something called The Articles Of Faith. The 4th article of faith, that I memorized when I was still in my single digits, states: Continue reading First Principles
After two months away from the gym I finally started up a new 12 week program again today.
As soon as I hit the gym at 5:30 I quickly remembered how much I miss the regimen of getting up and starting the day that way. There’s something awesome about getting up when it’s still dark outside and hitting a half empty gym.
You’re part of the 1%. The few that have enough discipline to get up and get out the door. Something about it just makes you feel awesome.
There’s a night and day difference between how your day goes when you start off with a routine, one that ultimately turns your mornings into habit so you can get on with your day easily. It’s huge to not have to fight with yourself to get up and get started, it’s like you reserve that energy for later on when you need it.
Do you have a morning routine? What are the things you can’t do without in the mornings?
A few months back as I was in the middle of a 6x per week weight training regimen, there were literally 3 days in a row where this weird thing happened. Continue reading What Is The Right Number of Projects?
I go back to this thought often: am I consuming too much?
Consumption can come in many forms – information (books, Ted talks, etc.), content (netflix, youtube), social media.
Life feels out of balance if we do too much consumption in relation to the amount of creating.
I tend to go back and forth in larger-than-necessary swings between consumption and creation. I wish I had a more consistent balance but it seems to be that I constantly push against the boundary of “too much” on either side.
If you find yourself blocked or stunted, take a step back and see if you’re out of balance, and need some recalibration.
At the beginning of this year, our company went through about a 2 month drought after a client bailed on a project that had already started. We were counting on another $30,000 coming into the company between December and February.
It still hasn’t shown up. Continue reading Work/Work Balance
I’m a month in on this 100 day challenge experiment where I’m writing a blog post every day for 100 days. (Repetative much?)
One of the biggest take aways so far is just how important it is to write stuff down. In the last week alone I’ve found myself running for my notebook or reaching for my phone a number of times to get an idea down on paper. Continue reading Get It Down
A great script.
A name actor.
A name director.
A realistic budget.
Someone willing to give you money.
Seems pretty simple on paper, right?
It is, until you realize how difficult each step is.
You think you have a great script. But do you? How have you validated it? What actors have signed on to your film because of it?
You may say you don’t need a name actor or director. But not having those things makes financing exponentially harder. That “$3-5 million dollar script” you have now just became a $350-500k feature that you’re funding with friends and family money.
Those quotes around “$3-5 million dollars” is pointing out the unrealistic-ness. That’s a MASSIVE range. $3.2-$3.5M – that’s a range. $3-5M is a pipe dream and is revealing your lack of knowledge.
A producer is the one that looks at everything you have package wise and decides the path you’re going to take to get into production. They have the connections to financing, cast, and distribution that you need to make everything work.
Oh, the last thing you need? The ability to take a step back, look at your situation, and realize where you need help. Failing that, you end up spending years treading water and making no progress, because you don’t have the perspective to know what you don’t know. That’s a scary–and ineffective–place to be.