Why You Need an “Elevator Pitch” For Your Life

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If you work in the entertainment industry you know about “elevator pitches.” Essentially, the idea here in Hollywood is that if you meet a big producer or movie studio executive in an elevator, you should be able to deliver a summary of your movie idea in the time span of an elevator ride, or roughly 1-2 minutes. If that short pitch is done right, the producer or executive will want to know more – and theoretically invite you to a meeting. Now, here’s a better idea:

Turn Your Resume Into A Ticket To The Future

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Most people look at a resume incorrectly. Too many think it’s a document that tracks your life and career. But the truth is, a good resume is the ultimate calling card – it’s the movie trailer for your life.  A resume’s task isn’t to get you the job, it’s to get you in the door so you can sell yourself.  So now that you realize it’s purpose is to open doors, get yours out, and let’s fix it:

Why You Should Stop Complaining About Being Busy

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I met three different people today, and each time, when I asked, “How are you?” The reply was exactly the same. “I’m Busy”. Honestly, I hear the same answer from the vast majority of people I meet. So I started to think: “Guess what? Everybody’s busy!” I’m busy, you’re busy, everybody’s busy. So you know what? You being busy doesn’t make me sympathetic at all. Because

Here’s What’s Keeping You From Accomplishing Your Dream Project

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Why aren’t you writing your book, creating your film, starting your business, launching your ministry, or otherwise making your big idea happen? Probably because of what writer Steven Pressfield calls “Resistance” – that urge to do anything other than sit down and do what you actually need to do. I’m working on my next book, and yet every morning I have an almost uncontrollable urge to do something – anything – else: check my email, re-arrange my closet, organize my desk, take a walk, or a million other things. The idea of “Resistance” is far more powerful than we think, and unless we

How To Increase Your Influence

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Influence isn’t about ego or celebrity. Too often we dismiss the idea, assuming only raging ego-maniacs are interested in influence. But the truth is, if you want to share your message, get your creativity known, or impact the world, you need to have influence. It’s the key to getting your work, vision, and ideas into the marketplace. So the question becomes, how do you increase your influence? Here’s some ideas that will make a dramatic difference:

The Problem With Surrounding Yourself With Smart People

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I grew up in the South and spent my early years watching buddies hang out their entire lives. Usually these buddies were picked because they wouldn’t challenge each other, push each other, or inspire each other. You probably know some people like this. They’re buddies that do nothing but “hang out.” So I decided early on that I wanted to do the opposite – to surround myself with smarter, more talented, and more driven people than me.  And for most of my life, my friends have done some amazing things. They produce 

Get Your Career Unstuck in the Entertainment Industry

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If you’re working on a career in the media or entertainment industry, but feel like you’ve hit a wall, I can relate.  In nearly 3 decades working in Los Angeles, I’ve seen plenty of people zoom to the top, and others crash to the bottom.  I’m not an “expert,” I’m an “observer,” so after all these years watching, here’s 3 things that just might help you make the leap:

Artists and Creatives: Should You Quit Your Day Job?

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Most creative people dream of the day they can quit their day job and focus on their real passion. Writers want to write, painters paint, designers design, filmmakers make movies – all full time without having to work somewhere else to pay the bills. You have no idea how often I’ve dreamed of having the financial resources just to write books. But my banker and mortgage company don’t agree. They want me to keep doing my day job as well. But then, I started seeing plenty of evidence that

Is It Time to Quit Your Job?

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In my high school football locker room, our coach had a big sign on the wall: “Winners never quit, and quitters never win.” He preached the gospel of not quitting, and it took years before I realized he was full of it. The truth is, there’s plenty of times to quit, and sometimes, quitting is the best thing you can do. We often get caught in bad situations, or organizations that won’t change, or losing teams. In those cases, quitting can often be the

What’s More Important: Your Salary or Your Purpose?

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In college, I had a friend named Carl, who came to the same film and media classes I attended. We were friends and had the same goals – to work in the entertainment and media business. While we were in college we both had different jobs, and during that time Carl worked in a furniture store. When we graduated, I started packing to pursue my purpose, but Carl got a nice offer from the owner of the furniture store. So he decided he’d